Saints to have a say on Super League's future

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THE 14 Super League clubs have entered the consultation process to determine policy and direction for the sport’s elite competition after the current licensing period expires in 2015.

At a two-day conference chaired by RFL Interim Chairman Maurice Watkins at Windermere this week, the Super League clubs met with the RFL Executive to consider key issues including competition structure, promotion and relegation and Super League licensing.

No firm decisions were taken on future policy but RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said the discussions with the clubs were a fruitful and positive contribution to the ongoing Policy Review that he is leading.

“The overriding consensus from the conference was that all the clubs share the desire to improve the performance of Super League as the sport’s flagship competition,” said Wood.

“I would like to thank the clubs for their openness in outlining what they feel are the biggest issues facing Super League and for their acceptance that the direction we take has to be in the best interests of the totality of the sport.”

A decision was taken to create four Working Groups within Super League (Europe) to determine policy for marketing; commercial; competition structure and regulation; and player development and performance.

All 14 Super League clubs will be represented across the four Working Groups, which will utilise the expertise of individuals in the clubs as well as members of the RFL Executive.

“The creation of the Working Groups gives the clubs some control over, and responsibility for the direction and performance of Super League which is entirely appropriate,” added Wood.

The conference featured a comprehensive review of the 2012 season and updates on some aspects of the 2013 season, the fixtures for which will be published on Monday November 19.

The clubs also received an update on progress made by Rugby League World Cup 2013, and received an address on the importance of international competition from former Australia captain Darren Lockyer.

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