Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:09 PM
If it were only true the the championship clubs were nurseries for SL!In the old days yes, top clubs would scout the lower teams for promising players but these days it's very rare, most of the movement is the other way. We all know that for the most part, when looking for a player to plug a particular gap, the cheque book comes out and the NRL is the big gainer, not the game here in this country. There is no transfer system as such now that players are on contracts and are free to move at the end for nothing. Yes, it's great to see the odd player move up to SL but there's no financial incentive to championship clubs to breed prospective SL players and certainly no benefit to the club when they've gone. A transfer fee for a decent player can mean the earth to a club and stop them having to exist on coppers, but with the current system more clubs will be finding it hard to keep their heads above water. After all, if SL teams, with all the financial incentives they have, are knocking on Red Hall's door, what chance do the likes of Hemel and Oxford have? Sorry that's probably a poor choice of example as I'm sure they're currently getting development aid etc, but you get my meaning.