Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:55 PM
The big disappointment for me with these clubs linking is that there is no uniformity in the deals that are being struck and there does not appear to be any set rules other than the Championship club can use up to 5 SL players on dual registration.
Deals such as the Giants including the Batley players in their BUPA medical scheme seems to be a one off and obviously gives Batley an advantage because that is money they will not have to spend themselves. Other deals like Rochdale with Saints have seen the Under 20's coach from Saints who would have no team to coach at Saints become the coach of Rochdale with two other members of the Saints coaching staff assisting him. Other clubs can pop down the road and use the SL clubs facilities and staff, etc, whilst others because of the distance between their club and their SL twin can only hope that they can have the loan of 5 decent players who will not get tired of travelling each week for training and home matches.
Many Championship clubs have accepted this arrangement mainly because of the 5 players they could get to add to their squad and also because they didn't want to be left out after the initial Leeds/Hunslet link was arranged. For teams like Workington it means that by adding the 5 Widnes players to our squad we have more money available to pay the travel bills, etc, in order to remain solvent and even once again hopefully show a working profit.
It will be interesting to see how some of these links unfold but because there are so many variations in what is available, etc, I cannot accept that integrity of the Championship competition has not been affected.
I remember when .............................
"It is impossible not to feel a twinge of sympathy for Workington Town, the fall guys this season for the Super League's determination to retain it's European dimension, in the shape of Paris. While the French have had every assistance to survive, the importance of having a flagship in a heartland area like West Cumbria has been conveniently forgotten." - Dave Hadfield - Independent 25th August 1996.