Phil, stop making moutains again, let me tell you Phil Joseph was genuinely caught in traffic as I was stood talking to him so i'll vouch for him.
I also think Steve Mc has shown he has no problems in dealing with players by the way he has dealt with the PJ situation.
Alan, just speculating as there has been no official word on what has happened with Phil Joseph resulting in his absence against East Hull and Workington. As Mark Richardson asks - what do you mean by "withdrew his services"?
Thanks for the information on Bruce Johnson. Is it still the bicep problem that has been troubling him for ages? Perhaps he needs to bite the bullet and have surgery if he wants to play again. Fact is Steve McCormack has a lot of good alternatives now. Sympathies go to Bruce as he has clearly played through injury to aid the cause of the Lions in the recent past and now the team has improved he has the talent to enjoy being part of a winning side if only this injury issue could be sorted out.
I agree that Steve McCormack is showing sound judgement in leadership, makes a refreshing change. It is key for team morale to have a coach that lives out good levels of professionalism himself and demands the same from the players, with a common standard applied fairly to all the players consistently. Else over time the guys who do pull their weight will get frustrated and demoralised. Phil Joseph was perhaps a shade unfortunate w.r.t. the Halifax game, but as a player the emphasis is on him to anticipate the possibility of heavy traffic, not exactly uncommon on a Friday night, and allow extra time. The coach simply had to take action, as where would we get to if a significant number of the other players follow Phil Joseph's example at future Friday night matches and also turn up late - it would be bedlam and definitely not a receipe for sucess in the matches themselves.
Rugby League - great game, shame about the administration.