Most posters against DR are in favour of under 23's only being eligible for DR.
To me that makes a whole load of sense.
If these lads without a lot of SL experience to then get some game time in the Championship because the reserve team competition isn't fit for purpose (another thread on its own, and why has there been no real investigation and accountability why this has come to pass after years of Super League riches and so called Academy development) then the CC its the better place to be.
The under 23's need game time as part of their development. They are not a seasoned SL player like Lee Briers and are not expected to be leading lights in every CC game they play. If so, they'll be quickly whisked back to where they came from. And rightly so.
My club has had one player on a regular basis. He has been caught out at times and is in no way a rock-on top player, first name on the team sheet. I hope he continues his development and attains his goals, but as the season has gone on, then has started to struggle a bit, maybe as the intensity has stepped up, and has become slightly out of favour. That is what development is, not Lee Briers playing for Swinton.
If Swinton stay up by a point and Barrow go down, you really have to question the integrity of the whole competition. And I'll continue saying that even if my team decide to play a similar type of SL player such as Briers for an important game. If we can't assemble a good enough squad at the start of the season, and develop players, tactics, team cohesion and game plans during the season the we don't deserve to stay up. Check my posts.
Furthermore, a team with it's own ground, supplying many of it's own players recruited from the Furness area and representing a fair sized town in an area devoid of other clubs will be sacrificed for Warrington A playing in the Wigan area which already has two teams in the league and who do not have a ground of their own and not many players of their own.
Where is the sense in that from the point of view of the greater good of the game.?
Even more important, Barrow have about twice as many supporters as Swinton and if they were to survive and consolidate in this division have the potential to be in the 2 to 3 thousand attendance area. Swinton never got more than 6,000 average even when they were two time winners of the 1st Division ( akin to SL) in the 1960's and playing their own iconic ground in Swinton.
I've nothing against Swinton and if they could achieve stuff on their own, then good on them, but to do it as a meaningless appendage to Warrington is just plain stupid.
The same would apply if Hunslet, York, Keighley, Batley, Whitehaven or Workington were to pip Fax, Fev or the Eagles to the championship of the division and render all their independent development work, from juniors to stadia irrelevant and meaningless just to keep the various SL reserves happy. It's mind bogglingly stupid and short sighted.
It's just another example of what happens when SL runs the game for the benefit of SL and not from the point of view of the whole game from top to bottom.