It would have taken the club's Chief Executive no more than five minutes to check the rule book and then pick up a matchday programme to find out how many games Fairbank had played this season. This should then have been followed by a quick phonecall to the Giants to find out the players salary cap value.
Right, we did get a long way off the original topic, and digging at other teams wasn't the idea. But someone, can't remember who, was right in the fact that the RFL should have some kind of tab on who, and how often, DR's have appeared and when a club plays a DR I'm sure they don't just turn up on the day having been dug out of bed at 11 o'clock with a 'can you bring your boots' message. I expect that a club has to inform RFL that they intend to use Joe Bloggs in the Sunday game, and the RFL should then flag up the warning. Part-time clubs IMO more than pull their weight in administering and picking their way through the minefield that the RFL lays, and RFL should be in a position to assist to ensure that minor, and this is minor against any number of other instances, mistakes aren't made. Does anyone seriously think that a club would purposely play a player knowing full well that they're going to land in trouble? Lots of our opponents seem to think we would, whilst other clubs get all sorts of dispensations granted all in the name of (more often than not failed) expansion.
Nothing difficult or complicated about that whatsoever, and certainly not for a professional administrator earning a big wage.
Edited by TheTerminator, 08 August 2014 - 10:06 AM.