Super league structure is damaging says Tony Smith

Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, Hull KR head coach Tony Smith says having promotion and relegation is not logical.

The Robins have yet to sign a player for next season as their Super League status remains in jeopardy.

Smith believes that while the risk of relegation remains, they will be unable to progress and build for the future.

“That’s why the system of promotion and relegation is damaging for everybody concerned in that part of the league,” he told Hull Live.

“It makes it very hard to recruit, creates uncertainty and has an ongoing effect. Until you’re able to break out of that situation, you find yourself in that situation year after year after year after year.

“It really damages a lot of teams for long periods of time, unfortunately. It’s not my favourite system, that’s for sure.

“It’s not just at a single club either, it’s multiple clubs for periods of time and it’s damaging. You wouldn’t do that in any other sort of business. It’s not logical.”

Smith’s side currently sit joint-bottom of Super League but could be propping up the table if London beat KR’s city rivals Hull FC tonight.

Rovers travel to Headingley tomorrow to face fellow strugglers Leeds who, despite their lowly position, have won their last two games.

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