This bad smell is only going to get worse for clubs like ours though, especially with the announcement the RFL are making in March about the future of the league set-up below Super League. Franchising here we come, mark my words. Have a nasty suspicion that we are likely to find ourselves on the bottom rung of the ladder in coming seasons, with an all new franchised Championship consisting of Featherstone, Barrow, Sheffield, Toulouse, South Wales Scorpions, Halifax, Wakefield and Leigh, plus another couple of expansion clubs.
What seperates us from these clubs Harold , I would be interested as to why you would put Sheffield and Scorpions in before us
As we own our own ground which is up to a good standard
A good squad
A settled Management set up
Bob, you're being a bit naive here mate. It doesn't matter whether we own our own ground or not, have a good squad or settled management, the whole concept of a Championship franchise system would be to create a second Super League, from which clubs could be readied for elevation to the top flight of the game. Sheffield would be dead certs as they play at a big football stadium and are practically the only professional representation the game has in South Yorkshire (bar Doncaster), and the Scorpions play in a development area that the RFL seems obssessed with. It doesn't matter what a good set-up we have at Batley, they wouldn't want us, or Dewsbury, or Hunslet etc... in a reformed, franchised Championship, as they wouldn't want us in Super League at any stage.
Of course, this is only speculative chit-chat at the moment, but I wouldn't be surprised if we were all stunned by a similar announcement in March. Look at the timing of this announcement for starters, its obvious they are cooking something up.