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West Country Eagle

Member Since 19 Apr 2004
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In Topic: Conference League South

Today, 01:31 PM

Well, there are also potential issues with the West of England league, too, though I don't know the ins and outs. Expanding CLS is a great thing for the comp and needs doing to make it sustainable. This shouldn't be at the expense of leagues lower down the tier, though. It's my opinion that all clubs in it should have second teams in regional leagues. This rule may not be stringently applied, though, for various logistical reasons (which potentially is fair enough, though will cause issues in some regions)


In Topic: Elliot Kear

Today, 10:18 AM

It's not just Wales where talented juniors are falling by the wayside. Since the introduction of the "performance pathway" in the South West, all of the talented juniors end up being snapped up by the All Golds. Many of these have ended up being lost to the amateur game - and the very clubs who developed them - after not making it with the All Golds. It's a massive worry (especially for the Sonics, who are currently the only club in the region offering junior and youth Rugby League).

 

This is not meant as a dig at the All Golds, because we all want to see talented youngsters do well, though it is a worry that the experience is putting them off coming back to play for their "club of origin".


In Topic: Conference League South

Today, 10:12 AM

I managed to miss the meeting (Phil C went on behalf of the Sonics). I'm a little worried that existing clubs won't get to vote on new teams entering, which was an important issue when the league was set up. I'm sure most applicants will get waived through, but it would be nice for potential issues with applicants (and there are one or two possible issues) could be debated properly.


In Topic: Featherstone Rovers - what's all this?

16 November 2014 - 05:33 PM

It isn't true


Interesting though that the information came from people who would know, close to Fev and the top of RL. It is definitely true though that they needed the prize money for finishing second to keep the wolf from the door. I doubt even Fev fans like yourself would deny this.

In Topic: Featherstone Rovers - what's all this?

16 November 2014 - 02:54 PM

I don't get this, Fev are supposed to have money coming out of their ears, best run club in the country and showing everyone else the way. 
 
What the hell is going on?


According to the stream of info I've been fed over the last six months, they've been up financial excrement creek without a paddle for a while. In fact, I heard a strong rumour that the RFL have been paying players wages for the last few weeks.

This may or may not be true, of course, but given all the other stuff I've heard it wouldn't surprise me one bit.