There will be no major changes to the Super League structure for 2018, the RFL has confirmed.
In a meeting between the 12 current clubs, it was decided that it was in the best interests of the competition that where would be no changes for 2018, but there are still plans to review the current structure from 2019 onwards.
RFL Chief Commercial Officer and Super League Executive Director, Roger Draper, said: “The 2017 Betfred Super League season is one of the most exciting in recent years and Castleford’s victory earlier this month, crowning them League Leaders for the first time in their 91-year history, was a fantastic occasion for all involved with the club.
“Following a brilliant Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final, we now go into the final four rounds of the season looking forward to seeing who will join Castleford in the semi-finals, with any one of the seven other teams in the Super 8s still in with a chance of making the top four.
“The fact that Castleford are the sixth different club to top the league in six seasons is testament to the tremendous competition that exists in Super League.
“The meeting held earlier this month was another positive one and all clubs were fully engaged and excited about the issues we discussed.
“The Rugby Football League and every Super League club is determined that we work together to grow this great game and we now have clarity for the 2018 season and time to consider a variety of options for future years.”
The meeting was held shortly before the Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
Castleford were also congratulated for their League Leaders’ Shield triumph, with them becoming the sixth different team to win the title in the past six seasons.