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They've done a lot that they shouldn't. True! But they have got some stuff done for sure.
My humble take on the current parties
Labour - fiscally incompetent
Conservative - socially incompetent
Lib dems - politically incompetent
Greens - scientifically incompetent
UKIP - polar opposite of me on just about every issue.
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.
I've had a pop or two and made hilarious witticisms ever since he stepped foot in the game as I'd admire him more if he just knuckled down and got on with it, which he seems to be doing now after 12/18 months of bluster.
It really is a case of actions speaking louder than words IMO.
I disagree and think he has been delivering! The signings of Morely, Chase (both about 12 months ago now) and more recently Locke et al have all been steps forward for the club, and only now Harris has managed to start getting the structure in the team working are some people taking notice.
I don't mind the bluster and bravado either, it gets us column inches in the papers, and though some people would argue it isn't good publicity again I disagree, it isn't a drugs/bubbling/violence scandle its someone arguing about the future of the game who is passionate about it. OK he's trying to get his own way, but again we don't have to see that as a bad thing.
We will need to set up a Ginger sanctuary somewhere in Scotland where a number of specimens can live in captivity and have them take part in breeding programs or loan them out to foreign zoos as a govt positive PR message to other nations like China does with Pandas.
Just not Copenhagen zoo, or they might shoot them and feed them to the lions.
One of the things that disappoints me about RL (ok disappoints might be the wrong word but its not far off) is its lack of infrastructure. For example, my brother has twin boys they're 11 now. They are mad about Wigan RL but they play for a local junior RU club, because there IS a very local one, with a small club building and playing field and at least one team in every age group. The local RL one, isn't quite as local and plays on council fields and trains when it can fit things in and only have an under 7's and senior team!
OK my dad takes them to the summer camps at Wigan RL but that lack of amateur infrastructure is a real problem for mine!
Nothing complicated about next year, if you spend 5 minutes looking at how it will work, it's really very simple.
The championship scoring method is hardly a gimmick, it's been around quite a while you know.
Yet to meet a fellow championship fan that doesn't like it.
I know how it works and what annoys me is it's something else, like our play off system that I'm going to have to explain to the footy fans at work whilst they laugh, shake their heads and say "really".
One of the arguments for going back a system of P&R was its simplicity. Most sports did it. Whilst we've gone back to P&R we've forgotten the simplicity side and gone for the most rediculous system we could think of.
I doubt these extra gimmicks will give us the media attention we desire. Although I'll be happy to be proved wrong at some later date.
Just my opinion though. In the end it probably doesn't matter anyway. I'll still love the sport. I just wish for a bit of simplicity.