How much thought have the RFL actually put into this?
A heck of a lot, around about 1995 when they calculated they needed clubs to merge to form a strong Superleague that could stand the test of time.
Instead they ended up with all the clubs going it alone so many so called SL clubs are now skint and many Championship SL wanabees will dream on year after year.
The tie ups may look like the RFL making a mess of things, but to me it looks like them trying to achieve what they wanted to achieve in 1996.
The "Calder" idea was merging on the ridiculous according to some. Resisting this lead to Wakey going bust, Cas in a "precarious position" and your lot never having got in SL after all these years.
Don't mistake this as "having a go", I'm just offering a reason why this move is happening...