Lenagan in call for changes

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SUPER League club bosses start a summit meeting today with Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan calling for drastic improvements across the board.

Contentious issues including cutting the number of top-flight teams and returning to promotion and relegation will be discussed.

And there will also be talks about the direction the competition is heading – and what more can be done to promote the sport.

Lenagan said: “I believe that we’ve a good game – and we’ve got an opportunity to get better.

“We do need to self-improve significantly at club level, Super League level and RFL level and I’m interested in pushing for that to occur.”

Lenagan declined to reveal what specific areas he would push for, but he has previously stated a case for the introduction of a second French club, in Toulouse, and the retention of London Broncos.

But any change would only occur at the end of the current licencing period in 2014.

The future of the World Club Challenge will also be on the agenda, and with the Australians now open to the idea of taking the concept Down Under – and expanded in the future – there is at last some optimism for change.

Lenagan revealed that Wigan were prepared to travel Down Under next February for the annual showdown had they won the Grand Final this year. 
“It had to be against Souths or Canterbury to make it financially viable,” he explained. Melbourne Storm won the NRL decider and Wigan crashed out of the Super League race at the semi-final stage to eventual champions Leeds.