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Warrington Wolves chief executive to support structure changes at Super League meeting
Andy Gatcliffe will support a change to Super League's structure at a meeting with other chief executives
A TWO tier Super League with promotion and relegation will be discussed by the men running rugby league next month.
Warrington Wolves chief executive Andy Gatcliffe will meet his fellow Super League bosses in November.
And he says the current structure of the game, with 14 licences available for the elite competition, will be up for debate.
“We always want the structure of Super League to be moving forward because we have not found the solution for everything yet.
“So we will be discussing what we want it to look like,” he said.
While some have suggested a return to 12 teams, a drop to an eight team Super League, or a full promotion and relegation, Gatcliffe believes a two tier Super League of 10 sides in each could be an answer.
He added: “We have got to look at everything, including how we want the international fixtures to fit into it. But I am a fan of two 10 team leagues with promotion and relegation.
“Because the supply change would be there for clubs and maybe it would increase revenues.”
The current system and TV deal with Sky runs until the end of the 2014 season.
Among the other decisions will be how to boost the crowds for the play-off matches.
This year, 10,190 saw Wolves lose out to Saints – almost 5,000 down on the league fixture, while 7,323 saw them beat Hull – around 4,000 down on the Super League game.
He said: “We need to find the best solution. At the moment, you get a voucher for 50 per cent off Magic tickets with the season ticket book and maybe that is something that can be incorporated.”
But he believes Wolves remain a benchmark for the rest of the game.
He said: “We are still the template for other clubs to follow. For them to be a success, they need to sweat the asset of the ground all year round.
“We had 11 weddings this last year and there are seven more booked for next year already.
“This week there is a Warrington company booked in every day, using our boxes and rooms.”
Preparations are already in place for 2013 with the pitch dug up the week after the Grand Final and being relaid ahead of the new season.
There is unlikely to be a new venue in France for Wolves fans to sample though, with Catalan Dragons likely to stage their home match in Perpignan once again.
But 2013 offers international rugby again, as well as the Championship finals day in September, with the Rugby League World Cup coming to The Halliwell Jones in the shape of New Zealand versus Samoa and one quarter final in October and November.
He said: “We have the new under 19s league packed with young stars, the first team desperate to win the Grand Final and the Rugby League World Cup - how exciting is that.”