Aston fully supports Championship overhaul

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SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston has welcomed a major facelift for the Championship that will see the competition expanded to 14 teams.

There will be no relegation from the league next season with four clubs promoted from Championship One from 2013.

Increasing the Championship from 10 to 14 teams will give the clubs a 26-game league programme.

“Having 26 games is great, I guess there will be a lot of travelling but as long as it adds to the competition I’m for it,” said Aston.

“We’ve got a competitive league at the present and hopefully we will build on that.”

The changes come as some clubs in the competition below the Super League struggled to make ends meet and attract supporters.

Aston added: “It’s a good idea as long as the clubs stay viable and some don’t over-reach themselves.”

A new deal with satellite broadcaster Premier Sports will see games shown live on Thursday nights – a switch from Sky Sports.

The revamped Championship was revealed by the Rugby Football League yesterday.

At the end of next season the Champions and Grand Final winners in the Championship One will be promoted. They will be joined in the new-look Championship by two other teams.

It will put massive pressure on Doncaster, who finished fifth last season, to gain a promotion place and not be left behind in Championship One.

n Eagles teenage centre Corey Hanson, from Norfolk Park, is in the Jamaica squad that will face South Africa in a qualifier for the 2013 World Cup, being played in Philadelphia, USA, today.