If you have a few hundred thousand pounds that would allow us to retain players when the likes of Halifax and Featherstone come calling, I'm sure that our problems in this area would vanish.
no downer pal, batley my fav away day. i just think you steadily built as a club for a few years all the way to the 2013 grand final and instead of building on that as a club, you have not maintained the quality but reduced it and next season just looks like another two steps backwards in retention and recruitent. next season will be tougher than ever
My personal assessment;
Greenwood? Big loss, but we have a top quality full back on the books and another very decent and experienced player set to come in.
Brown? Not our player anyway, but Ainscough is at least his equal.
Black? Been a great player but for the last few seasons - especially this one, his impact in terms of creative play has been massively limited by his injuries and age. His influence has been in organising and motivating. As long as we can recruit an organiser - and we may have done that in Southernwood, then we should improve at half back.
Davies? Great in 2013 but very, very poor in 2014. Overweight and lazy are two adjectives which define his season. I'm not sure where you've pulled the 'workhorse' tag from. Sam Scott is twice the player.
Smith? A player who has been a loyal and dependable servant. However, that's where it ends with him these days. Little to no impact on the offensive, and if I simply wanted a hard working prop who could tackle I'd be able to pluck one from almost anywhere.
As I've stated previously, I don't believe that our drop in league position was due to any real lack of quality within the squad itself. Those who left after 2013 were largely replaced by equivalent talents - apart from maybe in the case of George Flanagan. What hindered us in 2014 was our ridiculous choice to pad out the squad using dual registered players and having to cope without our on-field organiser for 3/4 of the season.
Just my opinion, of course.
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