why keep referring to Leigh when you mention clubs who should not be in SL.
Rugby League did exist prior to Super League you know, it was called the 1st Division, and we actually won the damn thing in 1981 !
We were a bit of a yo-yo club to be fair (in the days of 4 up, 4 down....imagine that !)
Who would you define as a BIG club in the lower leagues, what makes a club (potentially) big anyway in your eyes.
Clubs like Leigh, Workington, Oldham, York, Swinton, Dewsbury, Barrow, Featherstone, Hunslet, Sheffield, Rochdale, and Halifax have all been in the top Division in the past 25 years, they were there on merit, they probably weren't in there for too long, though Oldham, Halifax & Leigh have had good seasons, healthy crowds.
Now most clubs in Championship 1 can't muster a crowd over 1,000 - but surely over a matter of time, with improved performances on the pitch, and knowing that that there would be a chance of getting into Super League eventually, attendances would improve.
Don't have a cystal ball to know how any of the clubs I mentioned might do in SL, but to say that Leigh replaced a 'superior' club in 1...maybe, but Castleford were relegated due to their 'on the field' performances....it's called sport, even Man United have been in the 2nd Division !
You do make some valid points, but it all seems so black & white to you, but other folk make some good suggestions also.
Featherstone Rovers (in my opinion) should be the next club in SL, even though it's a small town, and you would be replacing a superior club ??
Well Fev maybe a 'smaller club' than say Salford/Castleford/etc in 2015, but in 10 years time, who knows? Quite recently we used to beat Hull KR on a regular basis, at New Craven Park in front of 1500 speccys, look at them now (yes I know, there heavily in debt) and that would be my main concern for Fev, Fax, Leigh etc...don't break the bank just to try and be competitive, and sign 12 average 'Aussies' so to speak.
Personally after the first few games, I hated our Super League Season in 2005, a 5 measely points....the pure elation of winning promotion, quickly erased.
But if they keep this licensing system, at least clubs have 3 years to try and be competitive. Personally I would make it every 2 years.....2015 still sounds a long way off !!
Enjoy tonight's game, I'll be there....probably going home a little dejected !!!