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Member Since 02 Jun 2008
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In Topic: The latest DR twist

27 February 2015 - 05:36 PM

Players that aren't ready for SL won't be playing in SL. So where do they play?
If we want to get as many players as possible to to standard, they need to play in as high a standard as possible. They are more than talented enough to play in the Championship. But by signing for a Championship club, they would have to most likely go part time, so a dual system allows talented young players to stay full time AND take part in a higher level competition.

In football, tonnes of players who aren't ready for the Premier League go and play in the Championship on loan.


In theory this is all true but in Rugby League reality it's a total mess.

DR players in some cases turn up on matchday and in some cases are never seen again by the Championship club once the match has ended. The reason why? The SL team wants to give their player game time but not in their own first team. Meanwhile a player for the Championship club is deprived playing time and the associated loss of team moral this creates.

I would scrap DR and just have a loan system with a minimum loan period of 8 Games and a maximum of 2 loan players at any club at any one time.

Are the SL teams not getting increased SKY money now whilst the salary cap has remained relatively static? What now is the problem with running an older age Academy team with a certain number of older players permitted to play?

In Topic: Arrest warrant for Steve Michaels

27 February 2015 - 02:52 PM

This situation has just made Talksport news bulletin.

Surprise surprise, no mention of the Super League fixtures tonight in the sport bulletin that followed.

In Topic: The latest DR twist

26 February 2015 - 06:22 PM

sure. By that I meant clubs at the top who currently have their pick of youngsters, fitting those who they can in to whatever holes they can and discarding the rest. And those in the lower leagues who don't want to accept that they are a feeder league. Thats how a pyramid works, That the place for players who aren't good enough for SL and who need preparing for SL playing with and against mature adults.


Why can the SL clubs not make a call on these youngsters? Do they want them or not?

This attitude of we'll farm them out and see if they develop into a player we want in a few years time, has only one beneficiary, the SL club. As you say, it's a mechanism used to ensure their place at the top of the pile.

I would like to see an end to DR. SL clubs should not be allowed to stockpile young lads who show potential. If they develop into SL players through the efforts of a Championship club, a transfer fee should be payable if they want them back. Otherwise sort out a reserve or age group league to play and develop them in themselves.

In Topic: bbcrugby

26 February 2015 - 04:56 PM

I simply can't agree with those who seem to think lying, lapping up other people's lies and having a pitiful hatred towards the other lot is a prerequisite for being a league fan.


It's not a prerequisite for being a League fan. Having something remotely positive to say about the game is though.

Can you give us a post which extols the things you enjoy about Rugby League. If your Unionite, "pitiful hatred" of League does not let you do this, it's time to give up the pretence and leave the forum.

In Topic: widnes magic kit

26 February 2015 - 04:40 PM

Brilliant initiative by Widnes!

Is the shirt to be sold in the NUFC club shop as well as the Widnes one? Such an arrangement would surely raise even more money for Sir Bobby's charity.