Posted 10 April 2014 - 05:20 PM
If you can't beat them join them I guess.
It's a shame because we really shouldn't be in this position. We get much higher crowds than a lot of teams in the division, have a set of quality amateurs to pick from and shouldnt be in the position where we are needing to lend Salford players to stay up.
We just didn't recruit well enough in the off season there is no two ways about it. Was this the fault of the BOD or the coach I'm really not sure. Goulding has realised this and at least action has been taken.
I base of Harrison, Campbell, Dawson, Toal, Mossop, Butler, Wiper and Lowe is a good enough base for a squad which we have at our disposal. They should then be improved on with quality out of town players. The out of town players we signed just dont have any experience. How many first team Championship level or above do Turner, Grant, Speakman, Morrison, Burke, and Lloyd all have between them? Is it more than 20? I'm not saying they're bad player but you cannot sign a quarter of your squad with so little experience, it's absolutely barking. Mort was the level of player we should of been signing. His experience shows up on the pitch massively.
So we go into pre season and the only players who have proven quality at the Championship IMO were Harrison, Haggerty, Mossop, Campbell and Mort. I feel Dawson, Jones, Lowe and Wiper are still improving and adapting to the league. So what do we go and do? Give Haggerty to Leigh for Joe Bullock, Craig Briscoe and whoever needs a run out. Why? They have no experience whatsoever. The problem our squad had was the lack of experience so we decided with 3 weeks before the season to give one of our proven players in return for MORE inexperience? That was crazy.
Our team has some quality in it don't get me wrong. But our problem is just no consistency due to experience. Apart from Leigh we have been competitive in most games at some periods. BG blames it on fitness but that's just a smokescreen. In pre season we were miles fitter than Keighley if I recall, we just don't have the experience to see games out. How many times this season have we had brilliant patches but then just drop off? It's happened in nearly every game.
I really didn't want to go down DR and I still don't. But if it's the only option I guess we have no choice. Even if we go down if we stay competitive in games (especially at home) hopefully the crowds will stay at what they are.
The thing I fear is we are relegated with 3 or 4 home games left and people just have no reason to attend. So we go into the next season on a real low streak and start getting crowds at 500/600.
Let's just hope for the best I suppose. The lads we need all the support they can get in the next two games.