Well if Town only had four dual registered loanees there could be no chopping and changing at will. If all the Widnes players are available to Town, it is highly unlikely that the same four will be picked every week. If one of the loanees gets injured or is wanted by Widnes on any given weekend, Workington will just pick some else from the Widnes squad.
It's just logical that this will happen. How can you not see that or are your blue and white spectacles blurring your vision?
There's nothing blurring my vision and I am don't intend to get personal like you. I don't like the system. When it first came out i wrote to Jonathon Roberts at the RFL asking him all sorts of questions about it including how does it affect the salary cap for the championship clubs, etc, and I was told that they would monitor the link ups and more or less would play it by ear.
Since then as I said there has been different things in each link up and just to keep you right after the clubs named plus Keighley and Barrow who you missed, Town were the next last to link with anyone. It was pretty obvious that clubs linking up with SL clubs were going to have advantages that could affect the integrity of the competition. The choice then was do Town join or get left behind? Having just spent 10 year in Championship 1 it was a no-brainer. Either we jump in to bed with someone or we bury our heads in the sand and end up back where we came from!!!
I still don't like the system but if the majority are using the system to the best advantage for their own club then I can accept it for us as well.
At the end of last season Town had 4 dual registered / loanee players from SL clubs. One got suspended and the other 3 weren't available for a midweek game at Gatehead. Town had 4 or 5 players out injured and we went to play that game with 10 fit players, brought 2 out of retirement and had put two of the injured players names on the team-sheet to make the 17 so that we didn't get a fine. We lost in what was Gatesheads first win for 60 odd games. so we know more than anyone what it is like when SL clubs don't make their dual reg players available. That shouldn't happen this year.
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 dimesion, 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 Augsut 1996.