THE “Super 8s” format of Super League looks set to be scrapped from next season.

Robert Elstone, the new Super League chief executive, said at his unveiling press conference today that the competition is likely to return to promotion and relegation.

The “Super 8s” format was introduced in 2015 but has been widely criticised for its convoluted structure.

“The job starts by establishing a positive working relationship with the RFL that respects Super League’s responsibility to the whole game, and challenges the RFL to provide the highest standards of governance for Super League," Elstone said.

“It quickly looks at replacing a competition format that isn’t working. That’s creating too much uncertainty for clubs and fans.

“It then focuses very clearly what matters, on growth; bringing in and retaining new fans; bringing in and retaining new partners; rewarding the fans and partners that come with us.

"Our biggest priority has to be to better fill our stadia."