I wonder though is playing championship RL "getting to the top"???
How would a championship club manage to develop an extensive junior system? Have Skolars managed this for instance??
How many fans actually grasp the chance to watch a championship team in the north where's there's a deep culture of RL? How many london fans grasp the chance to watch Skolars now?
Don't get me wrong, I'd love for championship clubs to be created across britain and in turn for them to stimulate lots of local Rugby kids to play RL rather than union, and the best can then pack suitcases and go to sign for someone along the M62. Then we'd have the whole of Britain producing quality RL players and us lot along the M62 can have the privelige of being able to go watch them all.
McDermotts thoughts seem to be that the withdrawal of Superleague from London will bust up a junior system that is probably as good as many northern clubs have. No doubt HRU, Wasps saracens etc will help bust it up......???
Thoughts from any of you London people?
I seem to be in a minority with those I have discussed this with at Quins but I am not so sure
that playing outside of Super League and in the Championship would be a total disaster. Its certainly
not my preferred option but I would say they would keep the majority of the 2,000 or so hard core fans,
but only if they played in the London area. Fortunately as the junior game is pretty much embedded around
different areas of London I would say it will keep growing. Add to that the fact that a good few junior clubs
are catching the youngsters at a very early age as minis hopefully they will turn out to be "league" only players
as oposed to playing union in the off season, which was invariably the case a few years ago when I was involved.
Also I am not convinced that a lot of the prospective players of the future in London are necessarily aspiring to play for Quins as opposed to representing some of the bigger clubs around the m62. And until Quins become
a tad more glamorous and start threatening to win a few games over a season on a regular basis I am not sure things there attitudes will change.
Edited by Spicer, 29 August 2010 - 10:44 AM.