You say they won't support a merged team. For the most part they didn't support any team. That loyalty you speak of didn't exist with them at all. It was created and as such can be changed or recreated.
Like it or lump it they will not support a merged team. Young and old, man or boy they all say the same thing.
Whatever people may want to say about loyalties, 20 years ago exactly only 4,462 people in Hull were watching professional RL.
There were more paying fans in Halifax that year.
So it's no good bulling up the massive loyal support and equally massive talented playing pool if we want a serious debate here.
He is not bulling up the loyalty or feelings the people within the city have towards FC or KR. Whether they are dyed in the wool or just fair whether bandwagon jumpers..they will not support a merged team mate.
Try looking at the Hull Junior ARL on their Pitchero website..........
I can see 9 teams at under 15 and no under 14's. Looks like they have had to double up to get a league
I can see only 8 clubs in the under 12's
Hundreds of schoolkids playing a bit of tag rugby does not constitute a "huge talent pool" that's the RFL's public relations machine in overdrive.
I'm at a loss to believe the clubs scouting and coaching teams are useless, more like the numbers are just not there.
Which is why you can pick an overseas team and two subs out of the two senior first teams, but only scrape a seven a side team of Hull born locals.
Sad fact seems to be that Hull has a small junior set up that delivers one decent professional level local player a year???
Parksider a few years ago there was no 11's 13's or 15's in the Hull Youth league. Furthermore, the pitchero site only shows league tables. In Hull we do not have league tables for the teams below 12's..these are the primary teams and consist of 11's,10's,9's, 8's, 7's, 6's and cub (3yrs olds)