Being a graduate of "The Parksider RL academy" and a good student to boot I am sure I don't need to tell you, but for the reference of others, prior to the salary cap in the UK only Wigan had won the title in 3 or more consecutive seasons, of the heartland clubs currently in Super League, only Castleford don't have a title to there name. So we do have a history of the pots being shared about somewhat.
Sure we have a history of the pots being shared about. The history up to Superleague is around 100 years of clubs tilting to be champions or cup winners.Superleague is erm 14 years on so maybe we should re-check matters in 86 years to compare like with like.
However if you look at the various successes by smaller clubs from years ago often they won because they got together a great local team. In 1931 nearly all Widnes's cup winning team were from Widnes and nearly all Hunslets cup and championship team were from Hunslet. That went on to Fev and Cas teams in the 80's...
Part of the Superleague deal is that clubs reduce the dependance on buying in players and actually develop their own. If that happens and the signs are that it is, then teams will come strong whenever they have a period when they unearth some pretty good juniors. Under an even cap they will be able to keep them IF they can afford the cap and maybe have a good run in the league.
Leeds had a good SL run after unearthing a good crop of juniors all at once, and of course Saints do well with young players - funny how these are the clubs people are moaning about. Sure players like Ellis and Wilkin were taken from the "Calder" area but of course the Calder area has no Superleague club that is well set up and can easily manage full salary cap. Those clubs who have been also rans in SL have largely ignored the kids, and only when franchising came in were shocked into doing something.
So the cap system allied to the youth development system is a superb way of getting us back to the "good old days" people crave. It just needs more than Leeds and Saints to be developing good players and bringing them into their first team and protecting them by being able to spend full cap. The signs are the Tomkins Bros may well help Wigan to a title, we shall see over the next 10 days.
I don't know where the large junior set ups in London and Wales will end up, but it may be if they have a local SL club spending full cap to go to we will see a couple of good expansion teams on the back of those kids. If SL remains uneven in the ability to pay full cap in wages we may not but that's not the caps fault.
Northern Sol mocked the idea Quins juniors may one day see them compete. I wonder how the Lancashire clubs will all manage in the coming years getting a share of quality kids when five clubs are all in the one area, but if your an old traditionalist I suppose it will be because great RL players only come from up t'north.
So on your history and statistics examinations you fail and are not allowed into my academy. You can however join Northern Sols reformatory for boys........