SL - Championship tie-ups
Posted 27 August 2012 - 07:36 PM
Besides Leeds and Hunslet, there is already Wigan & South Wales Scorpions and it's rumoured that Wakefield will link with Doncaster; Huddersfield with Batley, Bradford (if they survive) with Dewsbury and so on. Both the coaches at Featherstone and Sheffield are bitterly opposed to the idea and it is fair to say that this is the thin of the wedge of Championship clubs becoming nothing but feeder clubs for SL.
We already know some of the difficulties dual registration can bring with player unavailability when the SL clubs demands and the unrest it has caused at some clubs with locals having to sit out in order to play the dual reg players. We have a link up from before this idea came about with Hull KR but there is talk of them and Hull joining forces at academy level so is our link official or are we about to be left behind?
Championship club representatives haven't yet held a meeting to discuss this matter, and I believe they are due to meet sometime in September but it certainly seems as if the SL clubs and the RFL have made their minds up that this will happen. If we don't have a link then we could be playing against teams with up to 10 SL standard players next season!!!!
"It is impossible not to feel a twinge of sympathy for Workington Town, the fall guys this season for the Super League's determination to retain it's European dimesion, in the shape of Paris. While the French have had every assistance to survive, the importance of having a flagship in a heartland area like West Cumbria has been conveniently forgotten." - Dave hadfield - Independent 25th Augsut 1996.
Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:03 PM
Edited by DavidM, 27 August 2012 - 08:08 PM.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:27 AM
But... In Oz the middle ground is made up of feeder teams playing in the Queensland / NSW Cup , fully affiliated to the NRL teams. Now the danger is that our Championship becomes like that. Obviously that's what these link ups could lead to. Independence is at stake. The simple thing would be for SL teams to retain fewer players. If you only have two teams you need fewer. Don't keep a huge roster and dualreg them... Release them onto the open market , and other clubs can get them as their own.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 08:47 PM
The top 4 especially are looking for ways to increase income and reduce costs. This is another way of offloading some costs like the u-23's. If it disadvantages the Championship clubs, well they don't care, therefore again weakening the CC clubs position, standing in the community and player development.
We are supposed to be developing as big a talent pool as possible to unearth talent to be the top RL nation. This is the opposite. It may not help clubs like Dewsbury for example with a SL club on their doorstep, but it may help Cumbria as more local players will be in their squads due to location plus 1 or 2 dual reg instead of up to 10 of them at Dewsbury.
Its more important than ever that we sign the best talent in Cumbria.
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