But of course Leigh would never ever take DR on board would they.??
Not to the same extent Swinton Lions have. There are important differences in approach. Pretty much every other club has paid more attention to the risks that are inherent in Partnering and been smarter in mitigating those risks.
I don't see anyone from Wigan referring to Leigh as being their "A team / second team" etc in the manner more than one senior person from Warrington has referred to Swinton Lions. That kind of thing is a good indicator that Swinton Lions has got the culture of the Partnership badly wrong and this has been reflected in performances on the pitch and yet more damage to the brand.
I feel it comes back to the people running Swinton Lions having been too opportunistic, failing to value several factors that are fundamentally important to; building a proper team; maintaining the club's own unique identity and values, and; the integrity of the competition.
One of the most important factors for effectiveness of any side is the authority of the coach. This ought to be sacrosanct - in terms of recruitment, training regime, team selection, tactics - all of which need to be 100% targetted at what is best for development of one club only. The way Swinton Lions has operated on Partnering cut across many of these aspects, which is why it was so telling when Steve McCormack walked away and the successor emerged from Warrington's back room.
Being bottom of the league is payback for trashing the things that are key to building a team and getting the best out of them. No karma for the Swinton supporters though, who are being put through yet another betrayal of the club's heritage and identity.
Rugby League - great game, shame about the administration.