Parky. That's the way it has always been, not just in rugby league, but all sports. Not great for the lower league clubs i admit, but difficult to stop unless something like the American football draft system is adopted.
I agree with you in a way, but I watched the game through the period that so many on here hanker back to.I used to watch Leeds and Hunslet and Leeds a rich club would take Hunslets best players whether Bill Ramsey, Dave Heron, or Jimmy Lowes. But they didn't take Featherstone's best - and they were not a rich club.
I think wages were generally low and loyalties strong, and travelling difficult in those days.
Today it's far more systematic.
Zac Hardaker turns out to be a good one and leeds are straight in and Zac won't have given it a thought as he wants to be a pro. So it has always been that way in a way, but to me the way it is now is more clinical and more ruinous the the chance of championship clubs ever being SL clubs. In the old days my club Hunslet could lose Jimmy Lowes but still manage to find a team to get into Division one and win a few games because it was semi professional. Today we could not manage to find a team to play professionally.
Our situation was Jimmy's gone, we'll find another semi pro hooker, easy. Leigh's situation is they only turn up a professional quality player once every couple of years or so, and they leave for Warrington and Wigan and thus Leigh can't get a professional team. Further to that we know that just getting in SL is not going to see you keep your best either.
Edited by The Parksider, 15 June 2013 - 10:45 AM.