Not all NCL clubs trust their leadership now from what I'm hearing around the grounds, sooner BARLA gets their act together and provide a fitting tightly controlled standard as a alternative to summer rugby the better.
BARLA saw the error of having permit players about 2005/06 (8 years ago) when the RFL over ruled a suspension on a permit player, If the NCL see their errors will they be able to wean themselves off of the chicken feed or will they have gone to far to change direction.
Wasn't the championship clubs lead to believe dual registration players would be the up and coming Under 20's type players looking to gain experience and not your seasoned Internationals coming back from injury? That's what NCL are going to be eventually used for by championship clubs (I don't gamble but I'll bet you a tenner)
Great idea Taxi, any BARLA club of a reasonable size operates with the perfect model;
First team, A team and a youth set up, all self funded as without the cash these teams wouldn't operate. However it seems that the people who run rugby as a business, cannot afford to do this.
Let's track back around a decade and a half ago to the advent of Super League summer switch 'n all, with 80 million reasons to move the professional game to summer. As it said on the tin; super family Sunday afternoon out at your favourite Super League club, barbeques after the game, lots more opportunities for the young English players.
Fifteen years or so on and where have we arrived; five out of this week's Super League fixtures played Friday/Saturday evening leaving just two to be played on the Sunday - not much charcoal and sausages sold on Friday evening I wouldn't think.
And the first task a coach fulfils when putting his squad together is to fill the overseas quota – with what many consider as - past by their sell by date NRL personnel.
So where does that now leave the opportunities for progression of our home grown players.
Hello Taxi Egg.
Quick correction first. The NCL do not in fact have a seat at the Community Board. Some at Barla do not trust Stuart Prior- maybe that's why others have tagged along recently but I am sure that it won't be a permanent arrangement.......
And as for your question , I honestly do not yet know. The devil will as always be in the detail. Unlike Barla , the NCL has thus far never allowed contracted players onto their stage. But much as I would love to see Sam Tomkins pull on his old shirt , it ain't going to happen any day soon.......... and in any event the ' Pro's ' the RFL want to talk about are limited to the Championship on the one side and Tier 3 / Tier 3 ready clubs on the other .
One point I am however sure of is that the NCL will not allow the integrity of it's competition to be compromised in the way that , at first sight at least , the Championship seemed to have done...
I'd hate to pay the credit card bill of some of the people running the game