But insufficient to compete with clubs on £1.65M squads, and insufficient to attract decent players to CC and insufficient to have the depth of squad late season to start taking on SL squads.
This is loaded against the CC clubs isn't it? Are they planning a proper competition because it looks like it's loaded big style. Shame, disgrace, shouldn't be allowed etc etc....
Having said that the further deep demise of city clubs London Wakefield and Bradford (following on from Salford) looks like they may not be able to afford £1M let alone £1.65. Perhaps this nonsense is all about saving these three badly failing clubs all dressed up as an exciting new era?
I doubt that the 4 dropping to the middle 8 will be spending anywhere near £1.65m on salaries, probably not much more that the 4 2nd div clubs entering the middle 8.
For the reason above, it doesn't seem to me to be loaded at all.
You could well be right about saving those lesser SL clubs. That's why it's a good solution. The three 8s break clubs down into 3 fairly neat categories:
1. Super - Leeds, Wigan, Warrington, St Helens, Catalan, Huddersfield, Hull FC, Salford (under Koukash)
2. Not quite super and either declining or building - Hull KR, Bradford, Castleford, Widnes, London, Wakefield, Featherstone, Halifax
3. Want to be Super or Happy to stay not Super - Toulouse, Leigh, Sheffield, Barrow, North Wales, Batley, Doncaster, Workington
All three groups get something to play for at a level they can afford, while the ambitious and expansion clubs can rise and the basket cases fall. Obviously some of the bottom 8 are interchangeable with cc1, which is why there is also P&R there.
Edited by Ponterover, 14 November 2013 - 10:19 AM.