I can see the benefits, whereby young players from SL clubs can play at a higher level than the U20s (although I understand this is due to change) and in a league with more intensity that would hopefully better prepare them for life in the top league. On the flip side, the Championship club are likely to have access to improved training and facilities, which is what I understand St Helens provide for Rochdale.
The negative way of looking at this seems to be that the Super League clubs are simply offloading a bunch of kids onto the Championship sides because they stand little chance of breaking into the first team. It does seem that the lower league clubs who have linked up with a Super League club have little chance of making it to Super League, although it has been established in recent times that some teams don't wish for themselves to be considered.
I like to think I look at everything positively so hope this would, if some of the 'loaned' players don't make it at Super League level, help to further strengthen the lowers leagues, which are very competitive as we all know.
What are your thoughts on it?
Edited by HKR AWAY DAYS, 24 October 2012 - 02:49 PM.