We both know full well what he meant, which was what he wrote. Where there is the potential for a viable and strong flagship club, but that potential is split between lots of clubs, we must focus on creating major clubs.
Leeds are one, Saints are one. Warrington are one. Hull are one. Wigan are one. Cats are one. Salford look like being one as long as they are bankrolled. After that, it is rather thin. To try and squeeze another such club out of Hull is very optimistic. There is a possibility for one in Toulouse. Bradford and Keighley together might produce one, but two would be unlikely. Wakefield, Featherstone and Castleford might well produce one between them,
I often disagree with him, but he has been consistent to the point that people have complained it is tedious.
You can't have it both ways. Either you want regional teams thereby thinning the ranks of teams who are geographically contiguous or you just want the best teams you can get irrespective of geographical location and proximity.
The second option is my preference but, as you say, he has consistently argued for mega teams representing regional areas. By trying to keep both Wigan and Saints or Leeds and Bradford because they are big teams is contrary to that philosophy. What he really means is lets get rid of the teams I don't like but keep the big boys intact and his regional team plan is neither one thing or the other but a smoke screen whereby if your face don't fit, out you go.
Leeds/Bradford, Wigan/Saints, and Salford/Warrington/Widnes arent areas. They dont share the same Geographical location. If you want to go with area teams it can easily be accommodated.
The big clue for you should have been the fact that you had to, for instance, call them Leeds/Bradford. That is because they are different places. If they were the same place they would have a name, not two separate ones.
I call them Leeds/Bradford because they are about two miles from each other. They do share an airport for instance. Huddersfield are also in that location. If you want regional teams, you can only have one team.
Warrington and Widnes are on top of each and Salford are very close. If you want a South Lancs/Cheshire franchise, two of them have to go. If you want a Central/Northern Lancs franchise, either Wigan or Saints have to go.
I don't know what map you are looking at but these teams are in the same area on mine.
Parksider is always suggesting two of the Fev, Cas,Trinity triumvirate have to go because only one team can represent that area in his regional plans. He suggest the same for Hull and Hull KR.
Don't jump on me, I think the concept is rubbish. That's his bright idea and if you go to the regional team concept, the teams will have to be weeded out into these various geographical areas to implement it.
There you go again making things up. If Koukash had bought another club, Salford would not be a god bet for Super League. A dramatic thing like that changes things, but it is pretty safe to say that is what would be needed for Doncaster to eclipse Wigan in the next twenty years.
What am I making up. the fact that Khoukash bought Salford or Davy bought the Giants or that the Catalans are moving to be a top half team does not change the fact that the room at the top has some different lodgers than it did a few seasons ago.
You are totally correct that Doncaster or any other team would need to find substantial financing to move into the top tier. Did I ever say otherwise. They might conceivably win a promotion spot without a big financial clout but they would not stay up without resources.