I enjoyed that post.
Factual "reality" posts are always welcome, and this puts me in mind of the late seventies when a strong semi-pro Workington with some great local products in the team were regular Lancashire cup finalists. Contrast that with their recent long struggle in CC1.
We'd all love to see clubs build and grow and challenge the order of things, (something the RFL seem to want with a return to P & R) and not have to go cap in hand to Superleague but your observations on how the M62 has a pool of decent semi pros available, but they ain't driving 200 mile round trips to play is a very astute observation.
Most Championship clubs have to do what they have to do to survive, and if they can't there's always the cut price CC1 they can go play in if they are truly skint. It is however truly rich of people to criticise clubs for making the best of a terrible job.
Superleague eat up every budding quality RL player, they stack their academies with them and hang onto them as long as they can in case they come good late on. If your a Championship club just down the road from a Superleague club or even if you are a badly failing SL club!! you can feed off the Superleague big boys for players wether it's signing them after they are discarded, DR, Loans or the latest Fev trick of "sign for a season". It's all the same to me.
Nowadays this puts me in mind of the poor scrambling for crumbs falling from the rich men's table. Some clubs who may have a go at Workington are lucky to be nearer the table.
But they will drive 200 miles from Cumbria to Yorks or Lancs an d London lads will drive 200 miles to the heartlands and Welsh players will travel there also. British players will travel to France and French players will travel to England. Aussies, Kiwis, French and Brits will cross the globe to play in the opposite hemisphere.
If a Cumbrian cub found the money and made SL, players would suddenly be not nearly so reticent about travelling there.
In the meantime the Cumbrian clubs should have a decent shot of attracting local talent, except for a select few who will travel to SL,sinc e there is no travelling involved and they get to see them develop from an early age.
Town or any other club legally taking advantage of the rules are not to be blamed for going that route but the route itself wants redesigning, and stopped from creating 2nd class clubs acting as surrogates for tight fisted lazy SL clubs who should have these players in their reserve teams and pay for that themselves.