I think Meli & McPherson are exempt & counted as Federation trained players (as Meli was here when the rules changed in 2008 & McPherson was left high & dry when Crusaders went belly up). Puletua, Rapira, Sau, Jordan Davies & Chase should all count as non-federation trained (limit 5). Fages, Evalds & Owen will all be classed as club-trained (at least 8 required). Adam Walne, Jordan Walne & Will Hope would also be club trained if they are part of the 25 next year.
Should be interesting to see what comes out of next Thursday's launch. Expect a few other players to be on an exemption.
Interesting post. I agree with Red John's post In that I can't see Davies being counted as non fed. But Smith certainly will, taking us to five.
Based on the most persistent rumours that would give:
Non-fed: Chase(?), Smith. Puletua, Rapira, Sa'u
Fed trained: Meli, Gleeson, Williams, McPherson, Lee(?), Hock (?), Emmitt, Dixon, Ashurst, Wilde (?), Griffin, Morley, Davies, McGoldrick(?)
Home grown: Fages, Walne. A.,Walne,J., Evalds, Walton, Owen, Hope, Tyson, Ford(?), Ajwang(?), Holmes(?), Davidson(?)
This is based on assuming the rumours of Sneyd spending a year at Castleford and Jewitt moving on are true. ( And I didn't notice any horses called Marc Sneyd or Lee Jewitt listed to run at Haydock).
This would mean we would need to lose two of the 'fed-trained' players listed above. Unless the union convert Davies was somehow counted as 'home grown', (He did play for Eccles, I don't know if that helps.)
It also leaves us without a big name full back ( although I would be perfectly happy with Niall Evalds)
So it looks like we will either see some 'exemptions' or further departures on Thursday.
Of course, the other possibility is to bring in a 'home grown' player. Possibilities would be Stefan Ratchford, Jordan Turner, Mike Platt (Nobby likes 'experience') or even Manly prop David Gower(He did two years, is that enough?)
Edited by John Connor, 31 August 2013 - 08:38 PM.