Aston: Make the Championship bigger

Sheffield Eagles director Mark Aston fears the second tier of Rugby League will suffer next season and has suggested making the league bigger to improve the standard.

Recent years has seen a number of high profile sides drop down to League 1 and Aston says that the Championship has fallen short in the face of big-money Super League clubs.

“There are teams in the league below who deserve to be in The Championship,” he told the Sheffield Star.

“I’d make this league bigger and then have the one below as a development league. The standard below is possibly not at the level that some of the teams are accustomed to.

“You have the likes of York, Whitehaven, Workington, Barrow, Keighley, Hunslet and Doncaster in there. There are clubs with history that probably should be back up here.

“I think it has to be looked at. Whether that is making the Championship bigger, or two leagues, I don’t know.”