"It is a case of a decline in the talent pool in Hull with less school kids playing the game. We've not got the number of talented players. The cost of running a Super League team and an academy is high, sponsors are drifting away and we have a decline in talent.
"That decline in talent and the costs basis means this is a logical step and it's one we believe will help both clubs to produce Super League players.
I can understand the reaction within the city to this news. Its worrying. As a neutral I disagree with Pearson's logic completely. His quote above and his solution proves to me he hasn't tried to solve it - more stick plaster on it.
This may sound stupid - but wouldn't it be better for both clubs to combine efforts and funds to grow the sport back into schools and get kids back into playing from age 4/5/6 upwards?
I have always considered Hull to be a hot bed of RL and I was shocked to see Pearson's statement.
Is he right and me wrong?
Or is he wrong and I am right?