So you don't think the presence of all three clubs in SL would increase the production line of top class players coming through? I find that hard to understand. Logistically, there aren't enough places at one club to accommodate all the talent which the area produces each year. How could the remaining two CC clubs finance high quality development pathways when there's no assistance from the governing body? Not one of the area's three clubs will ever be as cash rich as Leeds, Wigan or Hull and to suggest that just one area SL club is sufficient to take care of the abundance of kids which play the game in WMDC makes no sense to me
Your definition of a top class player seems to be a player who has a talent for Rugby League who then goes through a professional academy system at a Superleague club.
I find that equally hard to understand.
Every year a new age group qualify for academy and every year scouts at Superleague and top championship clubs go round to find the best three hundred or whatever.
Then these lads go through the academy and the very top talents get signed on professionally. Most drop out.
Then after a time playing reserve, and getting first team chances some get into the first team squad many drop down to Championship and many drop out again.
Increasing the number of kids in the system isn't going to produce more top class professional RL players, it's going to increase dissapointment. Increasing the number of kids playing at schools and amateur clubs may widen the top class talent pool.
In my experience at the local soccer club we get one or two really talented kids a year picked off us, and these are the outstanding kids, the scouts aren't stupid. Most come back to us in time. The odd one a decade turns fully pro.
Yes Terry, Zac Hardaker was missed and yes he may be a late developer too but you can't spend hundreds of thousands on academy systems to try to pick up a zac once every few years.
If the RFL have money it needs to go to development officers not professional clubs.
The sad thing for the Wakefield area is Gareth Ellis, Rob Burrow, Tom Briscoe, etc choose to leave it.
One day the area may have a top Superleague club, that may see more kids getting interested in and playing the game, and these top kids may want to stay in the area and play for that club.
Let's hope it's Fev Terry