weve got a pretty strong 25 man squad at haven so cant see us ever using more than 3 saints players rumours are we could be getting 2 or 3 on season long loans which is completely different to dual reg so lets wait and see and when town get their 1st teamers fully fit i cant see them using many widnes reserves the only positions they seem weak in is at halfback maybe loose forward
I genuinely hope you're right and my concerns turn out to be unfounded, but the numbers just don't seem to add up. The majority of supporters of twinned clubs currently appear to believe that its unlikely that more than 2 or 3 DR/loan players will appear and that their club/coach will have complete control over how many and which DR players are used, if someone can explain how this is going to work for the SL clubs, given the following numbers, I'd be delighted to be put right.
Hull have 32 players in their 1st team squad 31 are too old for U19s
Widnes 32 players in their 1st team squad 28/29(depending on cut off date) are too old for U19s
Warrington have 34 players in their 1st team squad 33 are too old for U19s
Wakey have 28 in their 1st team all 28 are too old for U19s
If you assume for the above teams that 3 DR's play for their twin club each week that leaves between 8 - 13 players at each club not playing in any given week, even allowing for injuries this seems too many to be workable. If the Champs club has absolute control over which players it uses then it seems almost inevitable that some of the SL squad players will get 2 or 3 games a season, if they are lucky. Its quite plausible that some would not play at all. I simply can't see why any SL club would enter into such an agreement. The only way I can see that this can working for both parties is if the champs clubs use most if not all of their DR quota each week and their is an understanding, if not formal agreement, that players in need of game time will be accommodated, If I'm missing something obvious I'm happy to be corrected..
It might just work for Saints given their agreements with both Rochdale and Haven, they have 29 over 19's in their first team squad and also have dispensation to DR Alex Walmsley to to Batley.