Exactly! Championship clubs are evolving to the environment we find ourselves in, i know for a fact Hunslet RLFC will NEVER be allowed to play in Super League as long as i live, so what do we do just continue as we are hoping that this season isnt our last and roll over and die? or do we try something new to try and make the best of the situation we find our selves in.
The key there is the word "allowed". The team may as well die if they are just a lower rung in the Leeds Rhinos hierarchy. What's the point of existing ? Let Leeds fully fund their own ambitions. this is just a ploy to get a free ground, many costs borne by Hunslet and a way of getting their meagre CC money grant to go to aiding and abetting Leeds ambitions.
Hunslet will be so interwined and symbiotically meshed with Leeds that there is no way they could ever get to a position tp be "allowed" to challenge for a SL place.
This might be not such a bad thing for Hunslet as their fan base is gone.
However, for York, Doncaster, Barrow,Oldham, Rochdale and the other Cumbrian clubs, it is a bad thing. They should be "allowed" to develop to be potential SL clubs in their areas and, if capable, be "allowed" to apply for SL but this will never happen if they are joined at the hip and totally dependent on SL organisations for players, coaching staffs and any elevation to SL would damage the cosy relationship of dominance and dependence that the SL clubs have created.
If we had p and r returned and one of the A teams was going for promotion and the parent SL club was heading for relegation, the A team would be sabotaged big time and they would not be "allowed" to impact on the parent club.
If Featherstone were the Wakefield A team their present emergence as a potential SL rival to Wakefield would never, never, have been allowed to happen and the sponsors and investors and ground improvements they have managed to find and create would not have happened. No body is going to invest in an A team.