I don't see that?
The top four independent clubs don't want DR to go so far as to affect their dominance in the Championship which in turn means that three of them dominate the crowds list.
Barrow in contrast have not gone along the route of DR and choose to be independent, and are prepared to risk relegation. Their record in the third tier last year was crowds of 1,400 and I'd guess they believe as a club they can go down and bounce back up again on half decent gates using the decent quality local semi pro players they have up there.
Hunslet is not Barrow, Swinton is not Barrow. Each of the clubs have their own unique circumstances in terms of fans, players, sponsors, money men etc etc. Each of the clubs must make their own choices, each club must do what it thinks best for itself.
But five clubs wish to impose their own choices on the other nine.
Of course Swinton and Barrow and Hunslet are different.
However, there has to be guidance and rules and regulations about their inclusion and operation within the Championship structure. If there are exclusions and exceptional circumstances then these have to be explained and be transparent. All clubs must follow the guidelines. We don't make separate rules for Hunslet because of reason A nor Barrow because of reason B.
At the minute the RFL says it has all been agreed, we'll see how it goes and makes decisions later in the season. A bit too wishy-washy PR speak for me, no meat on the bones, allowing unrest or dissent amongst fans and clubs themselves to evolve, as we see in the '4 club document'.
I've just read it again. Nobody is being frog-marched into signing anything. There are no imposed rules here, its a proposal (that granted they feel strongly about, and is written in that manner) but only fools would sign it if either their board, officials and supporters did not agree with it. Clubs have a choice.
I agree with most of whats in that document.
I'd maybe have the top 20 salary cap players being excluded replaced by top 22?
Totally agree about the play-off eligibility and I'd hope that the RFL make clubs and supporters aware of what will happen to the play-off and Challenge Cup competitions before they start, and not let it happen and think about it later, as it seems now. The RFL are quite happy to say how they are investigating those players that have Visa's and how they can be DR'd, but not the integrity of competitions.
My club has a DR arrangement and I don't see them disagreeing with that document. I don't want to see an established SL player make a cameo/match fitness appearance, even if it puts a 100 on the gate.
The sustainability and future of clubs such as Hunslet and Swinton shouldn't be dictated to by how successful they can make the DR arrangement work this season. The RFL and the wider game should care enough to see what has happened to Championship clubs and how support has decreased for some. Supporters have banged on for a few seasons about the inadequacies of the fixture list for example - not enough home games and irregular fixtures, the SL clubs would never have stood for it, so why should Championship clubs have had to. This is another whole area for debate - the SL is the only comp that matters, etc, etc which IMO is one of the main drivers of the current scenario.