Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:26 AM
Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:47 PM
I think you have a brilliant point there Marauder.
As a sport are we setting the sights far to high for it's own good.
Wages are set as high as possible to supposedly stop Union and NRL raids, but I fear they get the players they want anyway.
Those games don't need lot's of European RL stars, so it may be that your point is a good one.
Put the cap down and organise 14 clubs who all can spend it and you may have something......
Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:48 PM
clubs not in my 10 super league would be in a revamped championship....with a one up one down P&R process....
so no one has be "left out".....
Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:52 PM
Superleague clubs are already required by the licence to have youth development programmes and some are active in "new" areas at their cost.
Should we look at minimum youth requirements for superleague? Should they be the ones developing geographic areas? At their cost?
Like someone said, these clubs get all the money, shouldn't they HAVE to create players which can benefit the lower teams as well?
They may get "all the money" but it's woefully short in terms of being able to run a professional side and a youth development side to any great degree.
SL clubs produce players that "benefit the lower teams as well" both by cast offs signing for the lower teams and by Dual Reg.
Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:59 PM
I love this post because it is realism and radicalism all in one!!
A merger between Leeds and Bradford would be foolish. Neither ground can accommodate the average combined attendance of the clubs. One side, almost certainly leeds, would be seen as the majority partner and Bradford fans would desert inn droves.
Now a Bradford and Huddersfield merger would work. so would a Cas and Trinity merger.
There is no reason why Bradford, Huddersfield, Cas and Trinity couldn't also be the bases for Championship teams, with the Championship returning to a winter season.
I don't think the calder area could fail to provide a club that could match Leeds Wigan or Hull.
Equally the trip from Fartown to the Shay to Odsal is a relatively small triangle and like calder probably has up to 20,000 RL fans and enough quality players for a near home grown quality 25 man squad.
The thing is in Calder you want castleford and Ponte's juniors, Featherstones Nahaboos money, and Wakefields ground and support.
In Bradhuddersfax you want Fax as a strong junior base, Fartowns ground and Bradfords crowd, Daveys money etc etc.
These two areas really mirror each other.
Posted 09 April 2013 - 04:22 PM
I like the idea of ten team league but I would go with tradition my ten would be bradford, huddersfield, hull fc , hull kr , leeds , st helens , wakefield, warrington, widnes and wigan . Would have top four for play offs with the semis 1v4 2 v4 to be played as a double header at etihad stadium and final at old trafford.