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Member Since 19 Apr 2004
Offline Last Active Jul 22 2015 09:39 AM
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In Topic: Conference League South

10 April 2015 - 08:03 AM

Good luck guys. That must have been a tough decision.

 

It was - the most difficult we've had to make so far, I think. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that we exist to give people in the city a chance to play Rugby League. We can still do that at a lower level (for the time being - we'd still like to return to CLS at some point when we're stronger again), and will continue to develop our junior programme. That's the shining light in all of this - strengthen this further and we'll have more "home grown" players. Sadly other clubs in the region don't prioritise this side of things, but hopefully they will in future.


In Topic: Conference League South

09 April 2015 - 06:50 PM

Well, shows how much I know. Sadly, the Sonics have taken the incredibly tough decision to withdraw from this season's Conference League South competition. There's a statement explaining the decision and our future plans on our website. To cut a long story short, we'll continue in the West of England League and double our efforts to grow our junior development programme. We remain the only club in the West with juniors (and probably will be for some time, sadly)


In Topic: Sam Tomkins back to SL

08 April 2015 - 12:36 PM

Prob end up at sheff dint they say a few weeks back the can match any SL teams pay offer even tryed to sign a top aussie a few weeks ago

 

Not sure where this is coming from. Sheffield are generally pretty tight on money, though when Hetherington was there he frequently tried to sign famous union players on big money to raise the club's profile. He came ridiculously close to betting Jonah Lomu in his prime, for example (JL had a change of heart at the last minute, allied to a bigger offer from the NZRU)


In Topic: Conference League South

08 April 2015 - 12:25 PM

 

All the new clubs seem to be managing well, the only sad news is Bristol have had to call off their first two games and appear to be struggling (I believe Gloucestershire Warriors stepping up is a factor)

 

Certainly the decision by the RFL to allow the Warriors in - despite our warnings that it would have damaging effects on ourselves and potentially other clubs lower down the pyramid - has not helped. There are some other issues, too, such as losing access to junior players we've developed (once they're into the SGS RL Academy/All Golds pathway, they tend not to return, with a few exceptions, and many are being lost to the game completely). We told the RFL of the issues in the region and how we would be effected, and they ignored us… now it's all coming true. The important thing is to get through the season and rebuild.

 

On the plus side, our game with Oxford that wasn't played a couple of weeks back looks like being rescheduled (phew) and we'll make our bow this weekend against Valley Cougars at home.