Salford to me have in recent years only payed lip service to junior development.
It's tough when the junior RL set up in Salford is scant, and when any quality kid in the Manchester/Salford area may have offers from Leeds, Fartown, Bradford, Wigan, Saints and Wire as well as their local club. Any kid that does become a star at Salford as we see will still end up with one of those clubs anyway.
There isn't enough young talent to go round.
Similarly the Salford club are renown for losing, being relegated and not getting in the play offs. They are famous for letting 94 in at Odsal.That supresses crowds and that's whey RFL/SLE know they really want an even competition so clubs have the chance to "do a bit" and attract people through the gate, they may be able to keep. That's why Championship clubs wanting to enter SL have to realise fans just won't turn up because it's SL. Widnes must have been disappointed with their showing too.
10,000 turned up for old times sake when the Willows went but that did not translate to crowds at Barton. Even the away crowd was poor at times as a fixture with Salford doesn't excite.
I was interested in Page's point about Barton and the cost. More so when you look at Sale and their disinterested owner and the club bottom of the RU which he pointed out.
It was suggested that Peel Holdings may prop the club up in order to be able to keep the stadium money coming in? But is that a viable proposition financially and should RFL/SLE allow a club to be "propped up" so some rich development company can keep getting the rent - anyone well up on this?? Thoughts??