We (Barrow) have done it the correct way. We've bought the likes of Brennan (19) Haggerty (23) Clay (21) Jones (19) Wiper (21) and will have them available every week and their development will benefit us and us solely. Blended in with our own local talent we will be sustainable by ourselves and won't need an SL club to keep us going.
The Saints players available will be the first names on the team sheet, as that will benefit the Saints the most. This will likely lead to Rochdale players getting annoyed as they arnt getting a game and will likely leave. Plus if Rochdale uncovered a good player he would move to Saints for peanuts (unlike Gardner from us to Saints a decade or so ago when we did receive money which benfited the club.) Again this will benefit Saints not Rochdale as I can't imagine Rochdale fans being happy seeing one of their local players moving away from the club to go play for Haven and then too Saints and with Rochdale getting nothing.
The move may help rochdale for the short term future yes I agree, but for helping them sustain as an independant club for decades to come this is a bad move. The move is too benefit Saints short and long term, yes it may reap some rewards for rochdale in the coming seasons, but it won't help them long term.
Barrow have done things the right way!? That's a confident statement in light of your recent successes and failures
Des Johnston bought a team and you had success that was based on rule breaking
Last year and the year before you benefited from numerous dr players.
Now you have signed several young lads who werent quite ready for super league. The very same type of player who may have benefited from this type of arrangement.
I don't know whether dr team link ups will work but using any rugby league team as an example of how things should be done is always a bad idea.
I say give it a go. I think it might be Rochdales saviour.