I heard theres a bid from Timbucktoo that would enable the RFL to expand the game yet further, so they are waiting for them to finalise things before announcing.
Did you think of that all by yourself?
What a farce. How about putting some money into the ailing heartland clubs weve already got, before flogging a dead horse in non heartland areas?
You mean like buying Odsal, owning part of Spotland and Cougar Park, etc. and then getting absolutely slated by the same people saying they don't do anything to help the heartlands!
Surely making the current clubs in the championship and championship 1 stronger financially and helping them grow their fan bases, and gradually working out from the heartlands would be a better idea than sticking random clubs miles away.
They aren't random. They're being selected from people that made bids. These are place that have gradually worked their way up from grassroots (like everyone has wanted them to). Yet people still want them to jump through hoops.
Gradually working out from the heartlands? So where's the next place out from the heartlands that's acceptable? There's not exactly much to work with going north. What's between York and Gateshead? Are they OK? There's only Nottingham and Derby on the M1 between Sheffield and Coventry/Northampton. Do we have to wait for someone there to be ready before we let anyone else in?
Surely expanding the leagues so that there are enough teams to play enough games will help the current Championship clubs? And surely it's their own job to make themselves stronger financially at the end of the day, and not rely on handouts from the RFL.
Call me a cynic,
You're a cynic.
- A person who believes that people are motivated purely by self-interest rather than acting for honorable or unselfish reasons.
- A person who questions whether something will happen or is worthwhile.
but expansion clubs have been created and fallen by the wayside for years even with RFL money behind them, the only exception being the eternal white elephant that is London Broncos / Harlequins /London Crusaders / Fulham, whilst the traditional clubs somehow survive by hook or by crook, maybe its time we helped them out?
Northampton and any other new club will last 2 or 3 years maximum, and at what cost to the clubs in championship 1 with them who dont make the top 4 cut off for the championship this time?
You mean like the other expansion clubs in the Championships? London Skolars and Gateshead seem to be sticking around. South Wales has had a presence since 2006 (except in 2009 when they were in SL).
The RFL are a joke and are systematically destroying the game below super league, and they probably dont even realise they are.
Im all for expansion, but not at the expense of what weve already got
So you're not for expansion at all then. What a ridiculously contradicting statement!
- surely its common sense to ensure the clubs we already have can grow and prosper before trying to expand?
What if all the clubs we have are dead ducks? Not saying they are, but in that situation, when would you give up on them and move on?
Just goes to show, if its not super league, they couldnt care less.
Just goes to show that I'm glad people like you don't run the game.