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.”