Ok, my last post too!
To be fair, GFDU and Ralfers have summed up my thoughts.
Particularly GFDU's point about the disclosure of sensitive information. Hypothetically, in whose interests would it be to make a coach's personal opinions about a player public?
If there's been a serious breach of club discipline then that would probably be communicated by the club through me, but there hasn't, so it wasn't!
You're right. We don't know anything about the above....,mainly because you are the only connected with the club who keeps us up to speed with events and lets be honest, we don't get to know half of it. If Grayston fits the above criteria then it might be easier if we knew rather than pretending we are doing the lad a favour...
I don't know anything about the above either + see comments above.
I am not dismissing people's opinion, but the three mentioned seem unable to brook any criticism of the club.
It's as though we are not allowed to question the club's decisions.
If we choose to withdraw funding of the Squadbuilder, that's hardly lack of commitment to the club; consider those who do not contribute - does that show their lack of commitment?
Why should Tom and GFDU be in a tricky position for giving their opinions? I understand that they are no more employed by the club than I. Here it seems you want to allow them to offer an opinion, but not for some others.
If not happy with a decision I will question it. With regard to this thread it is more the bland statement, rather than the decision, that troubles me.
Some posters just seem more focused on why somebody thinks something instead of responding to what they think.
You are entitled to question the club's decisions and criticise them - and nobody would ever try to stop that. I've moved some posts to two new threads this morning to allow fans a clearer platform to debate the current hooker selection issue and Sunday's poor attendance. It's all good stuff!
Nobody's trying to stifle or censor debate but I am by default positive about the club because I am a supporter. And when you criticise the club on that club's forum don't be surprised if your views are challenged by people like me!
Debate's healthy and it's what will ultimately drive us forward.
I'm sorry if you though it was a bland statement, but there's not much to say about a player who's not played for a month and who made a total of nine appearances without scoring a try.
I'd just like to make what I hope is my final comment on this matter.
The cause of the upset for me at least is not simply the fact that Grayston has gone but in the very mature of how this affair has been managed by the club. When he first joined the club this was announced with a minor fanfare as another youngster with great potential, recruited in the face of competition, Australian experience etc of whom much was expected, giving fans a frisson of anticipation. After a couple of weeks spent in achieving the required level of fitness he was given his debut, which wasn't especially auspicious but contained glimpses of promise. When he finally got a short run of games he started to look like the player that we had been led to expect mom performances etc. In particular he had clearly become a favourite with many of the fans, the kind of player that created a small feeling of excited anticipation. Then, following the fev game at which no-one excelled he was dropped. Fair enough - coaches prerogative and the rest and we all assumed that he would get another chance shortly.
Then, after a couple of decidedly mixed team performances question began to be asked on here (and much more widely on the terraces) as to why he was not getting another run out given his earlier performances. The official response was - silence, zilch, nothing. More questions were asked and yet more more silence resulted leading to no little frustration and a growing feeling amongst fans that the club appeared to be clamming up once more. Then, from out of the blue comes this announcement that he is leaving "in the best interests of the club and the player". This is anodyne corporate speak at its worst and served to create a clear impression of a communication gulf between club and supporters borne of disinterest by the club in the fans' concerns. Then this forum storm ensued. Rightly or wrongly many fans felt that they simply were regarded as unimportant in the scheme of things and, if that were so, they might well need to reconsider their own relationship with the club.
I am sure that the reality of the situation is much more complicated but how would we know? The sensitivity with which the customer (fan) relationship was handled was limited to say the least. In business, which is what this is, perception is everything and wounds take time to heal. Messengers often get caught in the crossfire, which is regrettable but normal.
I genuinely hope that Sunday's attendance wasn't an indication of such disenchantment but I am afraid that it didn't bode well.
There was a bit of fanfare around Jordan signing because he was and still is a decent player. The club should make no apologies for adding a little bit of fanfare to these kinds of announcements - particularly when there are season tickets to be sold!
I don't understand what you were hoping for in regards to your "zilch, silence, nothing" point. Do Bradford Bulls provide coach's reasons for why Jamie Foster isn't getting picked at the moment? Or is it just assumed that he's out of favour?
There are first team squad members at every level of the professional game that regularly don't get selected. I think it's a little unrealistic to expect bespoke explanations for each and every omission.
As mentioned, if there's a serious club disciplinary breach then that'd be communicated and injuries are usually reported by the coach in the central RFL previews which I publish to the official site. I think collectively that provides a decent insight into selection.
I think it's worth menioning as well that thanks to the work of volunteers, the club communicates much more often than it used to through official platforms.
We have fantastic, unique match reports from Ossy, professional match photos from Steve and extended video highlights of every game from Ben. Not many clubs at any level have that and offer it to fans for free.
And four separate press releases went out on Friday so that fans were kept up to speed with who's coming in and who's going out.
Maybe my releases are a little bland, but I don't think we do too badly as a club in terms of communicating with fans.
Edited by Tom Coates, 29 July 2014 - 09:17 AM.