After your debacles of criticising the licensing people for not guaranteeing the financial strength of Clubs in SL when they actually DID down rate them, then suggesting the London SL academy could easily close with no effect because kids could develop equally well at CC1 clubs or travel 200 miles, I think you have an excellent point here.
The plans aim to give an elite eight clubs all the priveliges of an even more elite competition with bigger crowds. It cuts the rest adrif to do what the heck they want.
So IF IF IF there are big time investors out there who want to seriously buy their way all the way to the elite and spend the money to stay there rather than "step down and invite others to invest" then the free for all competition planned will be ideal for them to jump in and make their clubs true Superleague clubs, or alternatively for clubs who don't have the money and can't atttract a big investor to just go back to being a "community club" and stop bleating about "building for SL" and moaning about "no P & R" etc etc.
I'd love so se Andy Burnham put £2,000,000 a year into Leigh for the next 20 years and Mike Smith and his mates to return to keighley and match that.
As you say - it's a Superleague open house now - time for investors to put up or shut up.....
Well, "debacle", was your word in an effort to denigate my posts so i'm not putting too much credence on that.
The facts are that the licencing committees examined the finances of clubs, which later failed distastrously, and gave them a licence as good to go in SL, whether it was an a,b or c licence. The fact is they passed them as being fit to have SL licence.
Gary Purdham came through junior league in Cumbria, a Cumbrian semi pro club and ended up captaining London in SL for a number of years. There were others too who went the north to south route so why could it not work in reverse. Then there are the hundreds who went from Cumbria junior league to Yorks and Lancs and the conveyor belt is still running.
The top eight could well be Catalans, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Saints, Wakefield, Warrington and Wigan.
This will leave some serious investors at Salford, Widnes, Bradford, Fev, Hull KR and London sitting on the outside looking in. This leaves some of them at risk of falling out of the top tier altogether and Cas might also fall out of the top tier.I think the London team will be exhibit one for the drop and that will mean an even smaller geographical spread.
On the other hand Salford, Bradford and Widnes might might just permanently displace some of that top eight given the range of their ambition. Fev and Fax might just crash the party also.
You might just end up with some of your elite having to stop moaning and go back to being village clubs or whatever derogatory label you want to paste on them.
And that dos'nt even factor a complete new player like Toulouse into the equation.
The top eight had better be very sure of their ability to remain there if they vote for this or else they might suffer the same fate as the turkeys who voted for Christmas.