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Member Since 07 Sep 2010
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In Topic: McDermott Digs at Hull Fans

15 September 2014 - 12:03 AM

Let's clear this up once and for all.I was in the south stand during that game,fans from many clubs,not just Leeds were booing Tomkins.It would appear facts count for nothing.Just pathetic generalisations.

I was in the south stand that night with a couple of neutrals (I live in East Yorkshire nowadays even though I'm still a Wigan fan). The south stand was full with at least 80% being Leeds fans. It was my observation that it was lead by the majority of Leeds fans. Some Warrington and saints fans joined in for a little while but started to look embarrassed after about 10 mins and stopped.

The two guys I'd taken were 'England' RU supporters and were appalled. It was their opinion too that it was lead by the Leeds supporters.

In Topic: The NHS, an American's view

07 September 2014 - 06:25 AM

Interesting reading about the NHS march in London today on twitter but not a sniff in the media. Strange that.

It's quite high up on the guardian app so guess it's getting some coverage in the print edition too.

In Topic: Junior draft system

12 August 2014 - 05:26 AM

that is correct. Youth development would need to be entirely removed from the pro game.

I think that there would be benefits of this, but it would require a commitment from clubs to fund it.

Yes and all clubs would have to fund it equally. Sadly that's where the problem lies. Some clubs can't or won't make the commitment.

In Topic: Junior draft system

11 August 2014 - 09:45 PM

The biggest problem with any proposed draft system is the it penalises the clubs the put the most money in to junior development and rewards those who don't.

Why should Leeds, Wigan, Warrington and Saints who currently spend a lot on junior development continue to do so if the best players coming through are then drafted.

If the RFL funded and drove all youth development then it might be workable, however I don't think they have the funds to do so.

I also don't go for the trading registration so the players can sign for the team they want to argument. This just sounds like a way for clubs who haven't spent money on developing players to get money out of the teams who have.

At the end of the day, if you attract and develop good juniors you are rewarded for doing so. Maybe we should reward the clubs who do to encourage more clubs to invest this way, possibly with further cap exemptions especially if the player is from the local catchment area.

In Topic: Bonus Points or Not ?

08 August 2014 - 06:22 PM

No for mine. It's another dancing penguin that doesn't bring anything to the sport and complicates something that should be simple.