Parky was doing the "How dare you criticise Crusaders! What about Salford / Wakey line?" a few years back - I told him that both Salford and Wakey would still be here in 5 years' time but Crusaders wouldn't.
Then we had "Why are you criticising Broncos? - look at Widnes" last year to which my reply was "Widnes will do better next year, I doubt that Broncos will".
It's 2013 now, fast forward 5 years, anyone seriously think that Broncos and Salford will be in comparable positions in 2018. Even if the doctor walks away, I'd still say that Salford will be around if not in the top division then in touching distance of it but I'd be surprised if Broncos were anywhere near.
The way to grow RL is to increase the heartland of RL through expansion and expansion by any scientific definition is normally achieved through an increase in energy. In the case of RL the energy is a combination of cash for a good team and a long term investment in inclusion and accessibility.
A heartland club will have a bit of the first but bags of the second and third requirements. It seems an expansion clubs gets the first for a while in the hope that the other 2 fall into place quite quickly.
In all the above cases a bit of cash was expected to go a long way to covering all 3 needs. What London have done is to focus the cash purely on the delivery of the contractual needs of their licence. The thing is with Crusaders, they had even less cash but ironically they are going places developing the 2nd and 3rd requirements. It won't be long before they can claim to be a heartland club.
Edited by Ackroman, 11 June 2013 - 01:58 PM.