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#21 GeordieTownie

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 10:50 PM

Fair shout!!

Apart from Sheffield 😳

#22 shaun mc

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:30 PM

This scenario will become more prevalent as the season goes on, and clubs become more desperate to avoid the drop.
There could be some salary cap shenanigans, and dubious use of DR and loan players.
I can forsee some heated debates on this board

#23 DavidM

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:34 PM

We used the word cutthroat . The stakes are so big , it certainly will get very very interesting , pressurised , and the influence of linkups is the elephant waiting just outside the room ready for a big entrance ! July and August will be especially intriguing if that cliff top is in sight . We may indeed see things more distorted by outside influences.Even top sides with no DR use the loan route . We've never had anything like this before - the threshold and possible price of failure being so high . How will clubs respond ?? Fascinating stuff . That's why other fans shouldn't tut tut at us ... Principles may get pushed aside for a fair few late on . How do I stay up is all that counts.

Edited by DavidM, 11 April 2014 - 12:41 PM.


#24 GeordieTownie

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:05 PM

It wouldn't surprise me if this situation has been created in the full knowledge that some clubs will spend beyond their means and disappear

Edited by GeordieTownie, 11 April 2014 - 01:05 PM.


#25 DavidM

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:25 PM

It certainly wasn't fully thought out in terms of the lower leagues . Everything that affects us is just a byproduct of the main aim of sorting out SL . That's all they were fixed on . We're in that wave .It's a top heavy sport in its voice and governance , however they try and spin it

Edited by DavidM, 11 April 2014 - 01:28 PM.


#26 shaun mc

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 09:31 AM

The DR system is an extremely sad indictment of RL's methods of maintaining and developing its player pool
After 16/17 seasons of SL we have contracted by a significant margin

The game (and UK as a nation in general) is fully focused on elitism and sod the lower levels of society including sport

Recent events will prove (as 1 poster has mentioned that there will be a significant meltdown come July/August) and, sad for me to say, Town a right in the firing line - small squad, dubious DR relationship (Wigan are more keen to get players out on loan to other SL clubs, and this will increase as the season goes on) and we are probably skinny regarding the management/leadership of the club now that Dave Bowden has stood down.

#27 GeordieTownie

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 09:46 AM

Agreed with all bar the last point. What happens to Town will depend on both the review and who gets relegated with them. If all 3 Cumbrian sides go down the club won't lose many players as the others will have to travel out of the county for better money. In terms of Dave, I agree that he was a good figurehead and regularly in the papers but you generally find that the figurehead in most businesses (and even more so it this type of businesses other than the meddlers like Koukash who seem to want to do everything) has the final call on decisions and the majority of the work is done by people underneath. We shouldn't forget that despite this seasons struggles we had our best season for a long while last season and had better quality players than we've had for a long time.

#28 DavidM

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 01:34 PM

Walne arrives at barra

#29 raiders96

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 02:58 PM

Walne arrives at barra

He done a cracking job as well, one of the stand out players yesterday



#30 Keith T

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 06:02 PM

He done a cracking job as well, one of the stand out players yesterday


You can see why we would have liked him and his brother Jordan back at Town. Great lads.

I remember when .............................

"It is impossible not to feel a twinge of sympathy for Workington Town, the fall guys this season for the Super League's determination to retain it's European dimension, in the shape of Paris. While the French have had every assistance to survive, the importance of having a flagship in a heartland area like West Cumbria has been conveniently forgotten." - Dave Hadfield - Independent 25th August 1996.





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