Smith relishing new league structure

Matty Smith

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MATTY Smith reckons the decision to cut the play-offs from eight teams to four is long overdue.

The Wigan half-back admits getting to grips with the complexities of the new Super League structure will be worth it – as it will intensify the battle for Grand Final spots.

The top-flight has had eight teams competing in the play-offs mix for the last six years as a 14-team competition.

Smith disagreed with the principle of giving a team in the bottom-half of the table a crack at competing for a place at Old Trafford.

Next year, 12 clubs start the Super League season and - after being trimmed down in July at the start of the ‘Super-8s’ – they will then jostle for places in a top-four.

Smith said: “Eight was too many.

“If you look at some of the previous play-off games previous, some of the early scorelines have been embarrassing.

“At least now, if you’re in the top four, you earn the right to have a go at getting to the Grand Final.”