Oh, it's good that S&C are more welcoming now. Last I heard their attitude was "We're rugby union, why should we do anything to help rugby league?" Maybe that South African isn't there any more.
The problem with Storm post 09 was the lack of players. And arrogant juniors not stepping up to play senior footy without a Super League contract. Have you thought about how you will recruit players around there? There's always a lot of talk from the locals about how 'pumped' they are for the season to come and when it does, they don't even show. They spend more time wearing Storm stash in the gym then putting the work in on the pitch.
Storm had good coaches and a decent ground last season, but no players. What would you do differently starting a new club 5 min down the road from Lanfranc?
Have you found a coach? Important to have one that won't quit halfway through the season like the Beckenham one.
The Saffa is still there! He's been a mate of mine for 16 years and is a former Storm player himself! He has no objection to the return of RL to Frant Road. I guess that some of the issues were simply a clash of personalities!
As for attracting players, i don't believe that there will be a problem. The first First team fixture that Storm pulled on was in July 2011 - in the preceding fourteen years the club fulfilled EVERY fixture. Between 2000 and 2011 the club fielded a Second team that played a minimum of 7/8 games a season, and we even turned out a third team on several occasions in the mid 2000s.
None of that sounds like Storm was a club located in an area that struggled to attract players. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Yep, an experienced coach is a must and a real challenge. But I don't see why you needed to throw in the comment about the Bears. Some bad blood? Lee did a good job and was respected by the players.
And as bbfaz correctly states, playing at Lanfranc School was not conducive to building (re-building?) a club. Decent pitch and nothing else. From what I saw on matchday all the guys worked hard to make it a success and you can't fault anyone for effort, but munching on a burger whilst huddled under a gazebo in the freezing rain isn't really the future.
Don't worry, South London 2.0 will do just fine. Hopefully RL will end up with three vibrant clubs in Bears, Souths and Chargers. Win Win all round.
Edited by Number 16, 29 July 2013 - 02:46 PM.