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The Parksider

Member Since 06 Oct 2004
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Ryan Brierley

01 February 2016 - 09:03 AM

He's confirmed the clause he can move.


Huddersfield, HKR and Hull interested but rumours of a "done deal for a Leeds squad number in 2017"


Brierley confirms he'll be playing for Leigh at Batley..


Rumour Beswick for Wigan to cover for O'Loughlin, Wigan use his Wigan based gym to do some training.

Ian Watson: Salford Red Devils still have money to spend

22 January 2016 - 01:38 PM

Latest position on Salford's salary spend



Where Superleague gets it's players from

06 January 2016 - 07:17 AM

Purely for interest, here’s a look at which junior RL areas super league clubs currently have sourced their professionals. As per Brian Mac’s comments this is the top 21 players in each SL squad (his core “first team squad”) Plenty of good player profiles about to work this out to be quite a good picture. Of course a few players have travelled a bit when in their formative years, but for the most of them leaving their home towns has come about when they signed pro. 231 players…..


Wigan 27

Leeds 17

Hull 15

Castleford 12

Saints 11

Fartown 11

Pontefract/Fev 8

Wakefield 7

Warington 6

Bradford 6

Halifax 5

Widnes 4

Oldham 4

West Cumbria 3

Salford/Manchester 3

Dewsbury 3

Barrow 3


Of course SL need to find the best players it can from anywhere it can so clubs will buy in overseas stars (Oz, NZ, France, pacific islands) who make up 69 players or 30%. They also get the odd players from RU or from outside the north especially from the days of London and Wales presence in Superleague. This includes 17 players. 


Most of this not surprising, the areas in which most RL is played are generally Super league areas, it’s still very much a northern game by geography and personnel.


Huddersfield seem to be doing quite well after all these years of Davey’s money. I find the Castleford numbers impressive but the financial struggles mean they mostly get taken away. Pontefract with Featherstone produces a lot of good players and this is where Hetherington has moved in and you can see why. What price a Cas in a new ground with Powell starting to keep those lads in that area. It would be fabulous.


HKR are the most heavily reliant on imports, reflecting Hudgells struggles getting the best Hull lads or finding them elsewhere, Widnes too have a similar reliability as they struggle to revive junior ARL in the town. Castleford use a lot of imports but of course the players they produce locally tend to keep leaving as above.


The least reliant on imports are Wigan and Huddersfield.

Leeds & Featherstone join forces

30 December 2015 - 10:55 PM



Fev become Leeds "A", & Hunslet become Fev "A"...... 



Bottom four 2016

19 November 2015 - 08:53 AM

Clubs may have realised this is not a nice place to be, and they all look like they prefer to fight to get in the eight than coast until the middle eights.


Wakefield and Salford have invested hard in better players hand picked by two great coaches, Widnes look a bit cash strapped and not sure of HKR.


Is there any top eight club that doesn't look like they can stay there? Catalans look like they want to overcome their away day blues, and this may just be the year for Hull FC, and Warrington's resurgence


Who are your choices to struggle, and why? and end up in the bottom four this coming season?