As usual you picked the bit of a post to support your argument and ignored the rest. There would be three semi pro clubs in the London area with another 30 miles away at Oxford who would be an alternative option for players coming out of London amateur RL as well as the SL clubs from the North.
What are you talking about??
London Broncos run a fully staffed professional academy to develop players into full time professionals.
Oxford, Hemel and Skolars do not run such academies.
It's like saying a leeds lad doesn't have to go to Leeds to become a profesional player because he can join Hunslet.
I'm always after what is the truth about these issues. It's not me with a hatred of the London Broncos. I don't have "arguments" to suit what I would like to see happen, all I'm after is what's best for the game, and we will only get there if we can agree on how things really are.
You also say "some would sign for SL clubs" but you fail to aknowledge that some may simply drop Rugby league if they have to travel 200 miles as a 16 year old to another part of the country to pursue a dream of being an RL professional.
Larry Leit suggests kids don't play RL in London because they want to be a London Broncos player. He reckons kid not many kids watch the Broncos. But all top quality kids when they start getting to 14 & 15 do have it cross their minds (if they don't it will be suggested to them) that perhaps they could turn professional.
A player could be ripping it up fot Greenwich Admirals at 15 and his coach suggest he tries Brooncos academy.
If there is no academy for 200 miles then of course it's logical and rational than that will put a number of them off.
But apparently according to you they all will be happy to take the path of trying to be a professional player by joining a semi pro club that doesn't have the facilities for such development!! How does that work??
Or they will go live up north when they're just a kid to pursue their career in a profession where many youngsters don't make it, leaving family and friends behind.
Let's just pack in any exchanges if you think I don't debate issues honestly and have some sort of an agenda.
Edited by The Parksider, 08 May 2013 - 05:17 PM.