None of that is true have a look for the facts.
And therein lies my major problem currently, there are none available.
I'm not overly fussed about pinning a label on it, feeder, nursery, twin, partner call it whatever you want it crosses a line for me in that part of the role of Dewsbury, York, Swinton etc... next season is to keep fringe players fit for Bradford, Hull, Warrington etc..I don't think I could countenance watching Fev in those circumstances but if supporters of twinned clubs can live with it I guess that's their call.
Now back to the facts you mention and I mean facts not bland statements about retaining independence and sharing best practice etc.. I don't doubt that those charged with running the twinned CC clubs have concluded these deals enable them to put out a stronger team in the short term but I am genuinely concerned about the potential harm that could be done the integrity of the competition as a whole. Any answers to the the following:
Do Dewsbury have guarantees over player availability, will all DR players who are fit and not in the 1st team squad be available every week or will Francis Cummins be able to encourage/influence selection by only making available those who he feels game time in any particular week? Please note I'm not looking for the GM picks the team answer here I want to know if/how the selection pool he chooses from can be influenced by outside interests.
Assuming Thursday night TV games continue next year, what guarantees to Dewsbury have over player availability? If you play on Thursday & Bradford play on Sunday they wont name their squad until Friday afternoon. I'm not keen on the prospect of you turning up to play Fev on a Thursday shorn of DR players with what amounts to a weakened team only to play fax with a full compliment of first choice DR's the following Sunday. Does the twinning agreement provide the competition with any protection against this kind of thing happening? This was not such an issue in the past as in the main DR'd players were not in the running for 1st team at their parent club.
How will the salary cap be dealt with? Currently the greater of what the loanee club actually pays or the players 'deemed value' is what counts on the cap for the CC club. Not a great problem currently as in the main DR players have been from outside a SL squads main 25 so not actually paid huge sums relative to a CC clubs cap. What is the process for coming up with a 'deemed value' for players who in many cases are likely to be earning £30k+ pa? If cap rules are not sufficiently robust what is to stop Dewsbury or York or Hunslet or Swinton etc.. suddenly having a much stronger team for a couple of games at the back end of the season if they are fighting relegation, afterall it would be in the best interests of both sides of a twinning agreement for the CC club not to be relegated.
What % of games will a DR player need to play to be eligible for the play offs? For the integrity of the competition it needs to be high enough that it stops clubs drafting in 'better' players from their twins but not so high that teams who have made the play offs cant use players they have had through the season, so what is the % that has been settled upon?
Just to be clear, where I've singled Dewsbury out I've done so only as you more likely to be familiar with their agreement rather than any suggestion that Dewsbury's deal is different or more open to question than any other.
Edited by intheshed, 22 October 2012 - 01:01 PM.