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Surprised at this, as Featherstone look to have a very decent squad on paper. They've also spent hundreds of thousands developing their youth set-up, and as a result have some very promising young players on their books who need game-time in order to fulfil their potential.
Isn't there a huge paradox in them engaging with a system which is primarily aimed at developing players for another club?
I'm not sure why you've listed about 10 ex-players who are still well-known, high-profile figures in either RL or RU.
The point of interest around these 'where are they now?' articles is when you find out that a beloved former player owns a string of sex shops, or is banged up in a Thai jail for acting as a drugs mule.
Is Lee Smith really that bad? He did a decent job for Wakefield at the back end of last season and offers good cover in all the backline positions. Admittedly, his career has taken a downturn since leaving Leeds, but he's surely worth a years contract as a squad player.
That's a good signing. If the Visa application is successful he'll give us a real cutting edge. Having seen him play last season - both against us and for us, I'm not sure why Lowes pushed him out of the picture so quickly at Bradford.
Ben Reynolds was league ones player of the year before he signed for Leigh.
Leigh also offered him a new two year deal, and they have seen him the most, be that mostly on the training ground rather than field. You've seen him probably play once or twice. Says more about you than him if you don't know much about the lad.
There is no way I'd have Brambani over him. Half of that is because I'm being a supporter of my club and trust GM and co in their decisions and another is because if we want to be better, we need to attract players from bigger clubs. Rather than having Sheffields cast offs. It's testament that Leigh have give us him really.
Quite honestly, I wouldn't break the bank for Brown. Yes, I rate him and he always delivers for us. However, I've no doubt that his agent will ask for the usual 'full time' or 'Super League' release clauses in his contract.
We shouldn't allow ourselves to be used as a one/half a season stepping stone or a safety net again.