I would love to see Oldham at the best level for them. I am a broken record but a 2 tier 20 team SL is much the best way to have the best of all possible worlds, with great clubs like Fax and Oldham being in tier 2 until such time as they are strong enough to move up. Let's face it we have an extra division within SL as it is. If we had a 2m cap top tier and a 1m cap second tier, say, with Sky money spread proportionately, we could take advantage of all outer clubs. Everyone plays everyone in the same tier twice, and the other tier once. Wouldn't it be kinder and fairer to the likes of Cas etc, while allowing the full cappers to grow?
On Salford, I am hugely encouraged by Martyn's post.
I don't agree with Parksider's estimate of the level of investment. But really no one knows what losses would need to be endurd and for how long, as we have never had a cashed up professional set up running Salford.
Potentially happy days.
Less of a broken record, more an auto-repeat of a one track playlist.
You've convinced me about a 2 tier SL though, although at the moment I would go for 8 in each or there would be some horrible tonkings and the money would be very thin.
To be honest, a 2 or 3 tier championship could work pretty well like this as well.
Back on topic, though, we should definitely look to grow our latent support in neighbouring sympathetic markets, and Manchester is the biggest of the lot. Doesn't have to mean plonking new clubs all over the place, but the game could easily get significant following in other places like Liverpool and Sheffield of course, although the Eagles are doing their best with not a lot of RFL help of course.