It does seem that the writing is on the wall as far as the Quins incarnation goes.
Personally, [stuck record mode]I'd be delighted to see them ditch the 'Quins' brand[/stuck record mode] and perhaps move to somewhere more accessible (maybe even somewhere smaller).
as someone who thought the idea of quins had great merit and was glad to see it happen etc.. i wouldnt be upset to see it go as long as what replaces it has got common sense underpinning it and good reasoning. the Quins "experiment" (for want of a better word) has not worked out but it was definately worth a try and potentially could have been massive. I would love to see them return back to being London xxx or the borough they play in (actually i want them in the city and base it round "City of London" somethings in red white and black but with no pitches around there it aint gonna happen.. sigh.. ).
It's unlikely - particularly in the current climate - that any new private owners will come forward but I'd be happy to see the RFL take a guiding hand in the successful running of a London franchise if needs be. I realise that this would attract derision in some quarters but, if the RFL are convinced that the game needs a strong foothold in the capital, then it might have to be prepared to make some unpopular decisions.
i thikn the RFL have to take a hand in it and really give it some backing to get them some success to get people along.. people in london will go IMO if there is success and they are in the right place.. accesible, zone 1 or 2 imo.. and without private investment, which i agree is going ot be very difficult, the RFL may well have to take this on and they would be right to do so IMO.. London is importnat and can be cracked but i think it needs a onn commericial drive for a few years..
Whatever happens, London RLFC needs to be fully embedded with the grassroots game across the south-east of England.
without a doubt.. to not do this is a waste
Perhaps one solution would be for the RFL to set up (and continue to fund through the deployment of existing RFL staff) an independent body (eg, London RL) to govern the game in and around the capital and effectively hand over ownership/management of the Super League franchise to this body.
not sure if another middle managment structure would be worthwhile.. the cost of running that could be put straight into the club. RFL bod as CEO should do the trick to be honest without putting another level in there.. as long as he knows he has to work with the south east juniors etc. could save tens of thousands that would be spent setting up the next managment level... cost/benefit would be interesting
This would obviously prove deeply unpopular in many quarters but I find it inconceivable that we'd effectively give up on London at a time at which the game appears - if nothing else - to be at a stage where it can consistently produce young Londoners who are capable of playing at the highest level.
anytime the RFL get their fingers into the London Super League scene there will be absolute bedlam on here/rlfans etc but htey have to take this step to get this sorted if no one man steps forward..