Hard to disagree with what you say. For me the key is the transitional couple of years until able to have the Sky money and commercial attractiveness for long enough to enable to spend to CAP and keep/attract solid SL players. Here is where the rich backer comes in help the transition. Of course P&R makes it a risk but then no P&R and it can never happen and the likes of Wakefield and co carry on, able to stagnate without need of any renewal concerns.
How much Nahaboo is prepared to part with is key as you indicate. If he is to be a massive benefactor to the tune of £Millions Fev don't need fans or any great commercial income. Ironically it was Ken Davey's players he was chasing and there's a club with 5,000 fans who have made the top.
For me the clubs who produce quality professionals like Leeds, Wigan, Hull, Bradford, Saints, Wire, Catalans always have a massive edge on top of being attractive enough to also sign the best players "on the market".
Outside that as we move forward the smaller clubs like HKR, Cas, Salford, Wakefield, Widnes, Fev, Leigh and Halifax are always prone to losing their best young stars, and being turned down by the bigger overseas and home players on the market.
As you say how much they can spend for how long will be the probable factor in who gets where in the coming years.
Edited by The Parksider, 15 June 2014 - 02:56 PM.