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#1 HunsletHawks

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:56 AM


The club stated that our dual registration strategy for 2013 would be an arrangement whereby we would have 4 players from Leeds Rhinos joining the club on long term dual registration agreements. Since that initial announcement, we have always been open and honest about our plans in both our communications to our supporters and the rugby league community in general.


The dual registration agreement has in fact only seen us take 3 players on long term dual registration agreements for the 2013 Kingstone Press Championship, in Jimmy Keinhorst, Jimmy Watson and Liam Hood.


Since our strategy was put in place it has become clear that other Kingstone Press Championship clubs would be using a much wider selection of dual registration options with Workington Town for example dual registering the entire Widnes Vikings squad.


We also note with interest that the high profile option of fielding Kylie Leuluai and Richard Moore in last week’s game at Leigh Centurions drew much attention. When In actual fact Dewsbury, Doncaster, Keighley, Swinton, Whitehaven, Workington and York all fielded dual registration players with over 100 Super League appearances between them at the weekend. Two of these players represented Dewsbury. This is not a criticism by any means, we are simply highlighting that this is happening across the majority of clubs. These clubs are operating within the rules, but it does outline that the change in our approach to dual registration is necessary to remain competitive.


It also outlines a significantly unfair and bias press attitude to the Hunslet and Leeds partnership given that we are operating no differently to a number of other partnerships. In fact we would like to place on record here the very positive way in which Gary Hetherington and his team at Leeds have approached our partnership.


Our key responsibility as a Board of Directors is to react quickly to changing circumstances to ensure we remain competitive and retain our current League status whilst maintaining financial sustainability and viability moving forward. To that end it would be foolish of any business not to maximise the opportunities available within its market place. Accordingly we will now look to do that by working closely with Leeds Rhinos to dual register other players where we feel that will offer a potential benefit to both clubs. It is important to note that all playing decisions at Hunslet Hawks will be the sole remit of our Director of Rugby Darren Williams and our Head Coach Barry Eaton.


In an ideal world of course, ourselves and all Championship clubs would not need to enter into partnerships or dual registration agreements. In our case as a 'supporter owned' club and without a significant benefactor or significant crowd levels we have to look to other means of sustainability to maintain and grow our club and more importantly to make Hunslet Hawks competitive on the field. To that end we make no apologies for acting within the rules.


#2 Penola

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:32 PM

Well written

#3 Ackropj

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:58 PM

Blah Blah Blah, W ehave to do it or we will be in Championship death league 1. 2 of you are going down and i feel never to return, who will they be ?. i certainly hope some leeds fans increase your gates becuase i can only see them dwindleing. Who will pay the win bonuses then, should you win any ?.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:10 PM

Blah Blah Blah, W ehave to do it or we will be in Championship death league 1. 2 of you are going down and i feel never to return, who will they be ?. i certainly hope some leeds fans increase your gates becuase i can only see them dwindleing. Who will pay the win bonuses then, should you win any ?.


Can you write that again in English so i can respond?

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#5 The King Of Leon

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

This is Halifax by the way who have gone bust at least twice despite a Supermarket standing at Thrum Hall which had to be sold because Fax brought about 8 Australians across in the Chris Anderson era.I kid you not, we once played them in the cup off top of me head there was C Anderson, T Anderson, Langmack, Ryan, Arnold,Robinson , Kilroy and Eadie and this lot have the cheek to moan about us....
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#6 FRISKY FILLY

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:37 PM

A good statement from the Hawks.---- it is only the village idiots who object to this D/R agreement.

#7 pooliehawk

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:10 PM

I just don't get why other clubs are moaning at us, when it is clear every one else is doing it...joke

Well written and put over the by the board..

#8 Guardsman

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:39 PM

Very well thought out and written.

#9 firebasher

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

Still Leeds A team !

#10 Willie the Pimp

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:02 PM

Still Leeds A team !


firebasher - Fev fan - interests - fishing, rugby, shooting and wait for it......................ferreting !!! :lol: :lol: :lol: priceless.

#11 Blackbeard

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

firebasher - Fev fan - interests - fishing, rugby, shooting and wait for it......................ferreting !!! :lol: :lol: :lol: priceless.

Steady on Willie , you've just described me there ha ha

#12 thundergaz

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:13 PM

firebasher - Fev fan - interests - fishing, rugby, shooting and wait for it......................ferreting !!! :lol: :lol: :lol: priceless.


No wonder you need Leeds players to help you stay up. if the supporters that run your club are like you. He's not a Fev fan

#13 Blackpool Hawk

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

Oh no, thundergaz is posting here we go :wacko:


Edited by Blackpool Hawk, 12 February 2013 - 04:20 PM.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:19 PM

Oh no, thundergaz is posting here we go :wacko: Whats betting he mentions were Leeds A team? :D


Not going to say anything of the sort. Your club as done what it's done because it as had to I guess. But I doubt its that bad at hunslet. But anyway my gripe isn't with the champ clubs more with the way the system is run. I've stated many times I don't mind the DR if its used properly ie 5 under 23 players I don't mind that its when teams get established SL players that's not RL its a circus.

Edited by thundergaz, 12 February 2013 - 04:20 PM.


#15 Blackpool Hawk

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:22 PM

Not going to say anything of the sort. Your club as done what it's done because it as had to I guess. But I doubt its that bad at hunslet. But anyway my gripe isn't with the champ clubs more with the way the system is run. I've stated many times I don't mind the DR if its used properly ie 5 under 23 players I don't mind that its when teams get established SL players that's not RL its a circus.


So stopping have a pop at us and other clubs and write an official letter to Red Hall, I am sure Ralf will take your comments in to consideration when deciding on the dual reg format for 2014 and beyond.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

So stopping have a pop at us and other clubs and write an official letter to Red Hall, I am sure Ralf will take your comments in to consideration when deciding on the dual reg format for 2014 and beyond.


What is the point the RFL don't care never have never will. The sooner the clowns that run our game are removed the better.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

Not going to say anything of the sort. Your club as done what it's done because it as had to I guess. But I doubt its that bad at hunslet. But anyway my gripe isn't with the champ clubs more with the way the system is run. I've stated many times I don't mind the DR if its used properly ie 5 under 23 players I don't mind that its when teams get established SL players that's not RL its a circus.

I'm Hunslet thru n thru Gaz and I'm not happy with the D/R system , and with them joining up with Leeds , but whats been said before we need to do it to try and keep up with the other clubs in this league , lets just say if all clubs had to run on a budget what we had last year , Fev included , you would'nt be losing 3 or 4 games in as many years , you'd be losing alot more , Fev have more money than the rest of us and are not breaking any rules by useing it , if you do get into Super League the idea was because it being a closed shop that teams would be bringing the young kids through , but i bet Fev would bring oversea players in just so they could compete with the rest.........When we've asked Leeds for players in the past , we've had no luck at all , i do feel that the Super League clubs need us more than we need them and the RFL know this.......

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:51 PM

I'm Hunslet thru n thru Gaz and I'm not happy with the D/R system , and with them joining up with Leeds , but whats been said before we need to do it to try and keep up with the other clubs in this league , lets just say if all clubs had to run on a budget what we had last year , Fev included , you would'nt be losing 3 or 4 games in as many years , you'd be losing alot more , Fev have more money than the rest of us and are not breaking any rules by useing it , if you do get into Super League the idea was because it being a closed shop that teams would be bringing the young kids through , but i bet Fev would bring oversea players in just so they could compete with the rest.........When we've asked Leeds for players in the past , we've had no luck at all , i do feel that the Super League clubs need us more than we need them and the RFL know this.......


Good post and I agree with some of it. But I fear for the game with this system as I don't see it just stopping at 5 DR players in the future. I also see the SL clubs calling the shots in the future or at some clubs it's happening now. I really hope I'm wrong and our comp prospers from it. But I just see it as a recipe for disaster. Also I acknowledge that's just my opinion but we were in a similar situation to yours not so long ago and we fought tooth and nail for this not to happen to our club and look where we are now and Bramley did a similar arrangement and look where they are now. Just giving you another view of looking at it that's all.

#19 Blackpool Hawk

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:54 PM

Good post and I agree with some of it. But I fear for the game with this system as I don't see it just stopping at 5 DR players in the future. I also see the SL clubs calling the shots in the future or at some clubs it's happening now. I really hope I'm wrong and our comp prospers from it. But I just see it as a recipe for disaster. Also I acknowledge that's just my opinion but we were in a similar situation to yours not so long ago and we fought tooth and nail for this not to happen to our club and look where we are now and Bramley did a similar arrangement and look where they are now. Just giving you another view of looking at it that's all.


Can you explain how Bramleys arrangement was similar?

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#20 thundergaz

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:02 PM

Can you explain how Bramleys arrangement was similar?


They were in a partnership with Leeds as well similar to yours.




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