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#21 Pottsy

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:41 PM

Back to the original point, this story, coupled with news on the other thread about Wigan's capture of three more overseas signings from Melbourne, tells you all you need to know about why we still can't compete at international level.

Now it might be that, whatever had been on the table, the kid had his heart set on switching codes (fair play to the lad, if so) but people at Wigan and the RFL for that matter need to be asking questions of themselves in my opinion.

The loss of another exciting prospect to a rival code (remember Chris Ashton?) is more than 'irritating' in my opinion. 'Worrying' would be a better word.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 06:58 AM

QUOTE (Pottsy @ Jul 22 2010, 12:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Back to the original point, this story, coupled with news on the other thread about Wigan's capture of three more overseas signings from Melbourne, tells you all you need to know about why we still can't compete at international level.

Now it might be that, whatever had been on the table, the kid had his heart set on switching codes (fair play to the lad, if so) but people at Wigan and the RFL for that matter need to be asking questions of themselves in my opinion.

The loss of another exciting prospect to a rival code (remember Chris Ashton?) is more than 'irritating' in my opinion. 'Worrying' would be a better word.


I don't understand why its a Wigan problem, surely if he's that good and had any interest in carving a career out in League he'd have been touted around the other clubs, so either he was dead set on switching codes and other clubs were not made aware of his availability, no other clubs were interested in him or nobody could/was willing to match the money on offer from Sale.

Try as you might to make this a "Wigan problem" but your just kidding yourself! We'd be in fine health as a sport at an international level if the other English based Super League clubs matched the amount of talent that comes through the ranks at Wigan.

#23 1976PMJwires

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 07:16 AM

QUOTE (shrek @ Jul 22 2010, 07:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't understand why its a Wigan problem, surely if he's that good and had any interest in carving a career out in League he'd have been touted around the other clubs, so either he was dead set on switching codes and other clubs were not made aware of his availability, no other clubs were interested in him or nobody could/was willing to match the money on offer from Sale.

Try as you might to make this a "Wigan problem" but your just kidding yourself! We'd be in fine health as a sport at an international level if the other English based Super League clubs matched the amount of talent that comes through the ranks at Wigan.




Totally agree with your post.

Others clubs need to look at the Wigan model.
Schools / local amateur clubs all playing RL in the area.


I guess he says its a wigan problem as it happens to Wigan, dont really here of it at other clubs.

On Warrington scouts.

I read somewhere this week we have a "Yorkshire" scout looking out for stars.

Why do i mention????


We need to get more local kids in to local RL clubs, i stopped playing many years ago and there was 4 clubs, now there must be 10 or more.............. we need more kids in school playing RL, then and only then we may bring more local homegrown into the First time.

then Warrington (or whoever for that matter) may have a "problem"

#24 getdownmonkeyman

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 08:46 AM

It is all down to the .

Chris Ashton's salary was increased six-fold upon his signing fo Northampton. I would wager, with International appearances under his belt that it has increased even more.

#25 bobbruce

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 10:23 AM

QUOTE (shrek @ Jul 22 2010, 07:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't understand why its a Wigan problem, surely if he's that good and had any interest in carving a career out in League he'd have been touted around the other clubs, so either he was dead set on switching codes and other clubs were not made aware of his availability, no other clubs were interested in him or nobody could/was willing to match the money on offer from Sale.

I know what your saying but I'm not sure it's as easy as other clubs matching the wage Sale are offering.Given the lads age wouldn't SL teams have to pay Wigan a transfer fee which would probably put off most SL teams from taking a punt on him.




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