Rovers chief Longo worried about future for lower division clubs

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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS general manager Davide Longo has called for clarity over the sport’s future, following a recent meeting of Kingstone Press Championship and League One clubs.

Rumours the sport’s structure could be changed next season are “worrying” and mean clubs can’t begin planning for 2017, Longo says.

The former Dewsbury Rams player. who joined Featherstone last October, attended a meeting alongside all second and third-tier teams last week.

He believes decisions concerning potential structural changes must be made “sooner rather than later”, with the start of the Super-8s just around the corner.

Longo said: “There is an air of uncertainty in regards to what the future of the game looks like, certainly in terms of its structure in the coming years.

“There are many questions left unanswered. We met with all other Championship and League One clubs last week and there was plenty of talk, but very little else. It lasted for in excess of four hours.

“We still aren’t sure how Super League, the Championship or League One will shape up next season and, given the fact there is less than three months of the current campaign remaining, that is a tad worrying.

“From an administrative point of view, it makes long-term planning virtually impossible.

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