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Middleman

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#2953441 USA and Super League

Posted by Middleman on 02 July 2014 - 12:23 PM

Before any such talk they need a unified competition

there are now supposed to be 10 AMNRL teams but unsure how healthy they are.

the USARL now number 11 teams 7 of who defected from the ' official body ' and look much more active but were excluded from selection to the Tomahawks.

Heads need knocking together so they can unite & growth organically without outside influence other than dialouge with SL - NRL sides in developing their own talent.

Pre season exhibition matches to raise awareness

SL is a pipe dream at this stage.  




#2952437 Todd Carney has been sacked.

Posted by Middleman on 30 June 2014 - 03:18 PM

As mentioned before ,

Greg Bird

Joel Monaghan

have ended up playing SL after misdemeanours , one IMHO far more serious , yet we seem to dwell more on the one that was a stupid prank gone wrong , yet the other is back in the NRL now a lauded Origin Player ... 

We could name a dozen RL  players still plying their trade in NRL-SL or Championship found guilty of violent crime or criminal damage  . two in the Team I support + we'd signed a guy with a record of driving offences.

yet we seem obessed with a guy playing with his wee wee.

The player who has had a past record of driving & alcohol related incidents. but had held onto his NRL career.

 

I'm not defending his prank or the decision made by his club. it just seems the sport seems to ride the nastier incidents with players yet over-react to the embarrasing lewd behaviour .  




#2930514 Salford sign Jones-Bishop

Posted by Middleman on 16 May 2014 - 05:24 PM

Oddly enough in the absence of an answer my own research reveals the current Salford side to be antipodeans with a sprinkling of players born and developed in Leeds, Wigan, St.Helens and Hull.

 

Quite a co-incidence. I can trace top class local products from Betts to Morley, to McAvoy, Alker and maybe Ratchford but I dunno where exactly he was born and started the game?.

 

I have the star studded 1973 Salford team half a dozen from RU, half a dozen from Wigan/Saints and four from Cumbria!! I also note there was an attempt to improve the community junior game seven years ago with the "Reds Foundation", not sure where that went?

 It went here Mr Parklife http://www.salfordre...undation.co.uk/ have a root .

 

Not wishing to contradict yout view as quite rightly our present squad is more - Kolpac than Lower Kersal. but we are trying to spark life with RL development in Trafford & East Manchester .aswell as the more local areas  

 

Academy Trained Players ( Salford ) who have played SL in the last 12 months for Salford or other SL teams :-

Jordan Turner

Kallum Watkins 

Stephan Ratchford

Marc Sneyd 

Michael Platt

Jason Walton

Adam Walne  

Jordan Walne

Gareth Owen

Will Hope

John Ford

Alex Davidson

Niall Evalds

 

Growth & influx of new academy players will take some time as we rebuild following our practical demise late 2012 - with a new crop of U16's U19's that will take some time to develop , including players already from these development areas




#2875306 Hock slams 'coward' McNamara

Posted by Middleman on 05 February 2014 - 11:40 AM

It's not really a newsworthy story .

 

From a representative level , with Ginger Farrell , Ferres, Westwood , and the odd few Burgesses that can put a shift in as a backrow forward ,

Then you have Brad  Singleton , Elliot Whitehead and possiblely Greg Burke , Ben Currie  etc in the pipieline.  

It was unlikely Hock would prominently figure in future plans.

 

The interesting thing is this story , together with the recent press regarding Rangi Chase ' reconsidering his ' England ties smacks of Noble dealing with the baggage left over from the RLWC and instilling a team ethic.  

 

Koukash on McNamara , Chase & Hock getting the ' retaliation in first , it's Noble's Salford battening down the hatches. We all know it was Hocks mistake.   




#2857938 your top 4.

Posted by Middleman on 31 December 2013 - 01:25 PM

Wigan 

Saints 

Warrington 

Leeds

Huddersfield

 

4 from that lot ,

 

Huddersfield,In the past 4 years have broken into the high table and seem to have got consistency under Anderson  ,

Saints fell outside the 4 last season but still managed a credible 5th despite playing most of the season without their 1st choice hooker or recognised half backs.

Leeds, Warrington Wigan you cannot sensibly discount from a top 4 finish no matter what changes close season , due to the depth of quality.

 

Even as a committed Salfordian, to break into a top 4-5 league finish next season would be far fetched , Catalans are notoriously inconsistent, and the wholesale changes at the Hull clubs makes them difficult to predict.

Should be an almighty scrap  for 6th-7th & 8th  positions though




#2854710 2014 Kits

Posted by Middleman on 19 December 2013 - 11:02 PM

Appalling, both of them

  

Agreed those salford ones are defo the worst.........I know the Dr is big on Horse racing but that jockey esq away jersey is awful

  

Salford home isn't the worst jersey this season.. the away top is pretty horrid though.


As a Salford supporter , 6 years of kooga designs have thrown up some strange designs , on a lighter note next season they're trialling the novel approach of actually putting rugby league players in them..


#2851295 Salford want Sonny Bill and Slater

Posted by Middleman on 12 December 2013 - 12:00 PM

Australia has a strict salary cap and has the vast majority of world famous names and any team can win the Grand Final. What is it a shortcut to again?

 

A bit daft , NRL Salary cap is 6.3 M $ for players ( 4Million in GBP) , with  3  broadcast partners and  1 Billion $Aus to develop infrastructure , how ' strict' do they have to be with that amount of cash ..?

Any one of the 16 premier teams can win ? but Brisbane , Manly, Melbourne & Roosters mainly , you have to go back 10 years to when an unfancied side won  'Penrith'  so that's no different from Wigan Leeds Saints domination of the top prize in SL.  

 

The point is the current UK SL plan is neither levelling the competition, controlling finances  and is possible holding back the competition as a spectacle & for potential backers & sponsors.

 

Academy development is crucial , but for for every Tomkins or Ben Crooks , there is a need for a Trent Barrett , a Ryan Hoffman , a Jamie Lyon , Matt King  .

 

At present Good players are coming through , SL clubs simply cannot attract top -line International players to add spectacle, colour & to bring on these players .and  we are now losing these Top young UK players to the NRL .

This trend will continue, and the SL will become more devalued. the Teams that can afford have to allowed in some way to speculate  as long as the backroom development is continuing alongside .  




#2848437 Salford Red Devils name change

Posted by Middleman on 06 December 2013 - 04:06 PM

"" There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about,  .... ""

 

We've changed our name 3 times since SL began

We've changed the Owner once..

I know which one is change is making  most impact  




#2838570 Guscott: Boring boring England is Rugby League's fault

Posted by Middleman on 19 November 2013 - 06:09 PM

My opinion of Jeremy Guscott was formed back in 1996 when he wimped out of the Wigan / Bath cross code games ... a spineless snob.

 

I suppose after nearly 20 years of learning to defend properly , now all they have to do is spend the next 20 years learning how to break down these defences without resorting to the referee to give them a penalty..




#2827345 My Old Man said follow MARWAN

Posted by Middleman on 05 November 2013 - 05:37 PM

I readily admit that I don't know how these things work, but does the good doctor actually make money from horse racing or is this an expensive or break-even hobby?

 

Also what's his doctorate in?

 Expensive Hobby ( tax deductable no doubt ) to which he added 450K Aus ( 268K GBP ) with his horse Mount Athos finishing 3rd in the Melbourne Cup yesterday.

He Graduated from John Moores ( Liverpool Uni ) with a Phd in Electrical engineering in 1986 , then lectured there until seting up his management training business in 1992

I think he should offered an honorary doctorate in winding up opposition fans & Chairmen .   seems born to it .

 

 

The guy is a tool. You couldn't hide his arrogance behind Ben Nevis.

I think it is a trait synonymus with most entrepreneurs, they tend to have endless 'self- belief' be  resiliant- decisive & fearless , & usually annoying to boot .

He is passionate about his horse racing, now he is passionate about Rugby League , he flew back from Dubai to watch the England Italy game, and attended the opening game at Cardiff .  

He was in Australia due to his bid to win the Melbourne Cup , one of the biggest prizes in world racing , but still filled as many column inches talking ' boasting ' about RL and advancing the awareness of the Salford club.  

I quite understand and agree he is arrogant & outspoken , but then again he didn't lead a walk out of SL clubs restructuring a year in planning  2 days before the most important RL event this century .. now that's arrogance.

I think people should be less worried about Koukash ' Pantomime Bad-guy ' posturing , & more worried by the maschinations of the 'x-file smoking men ' chairmen & administrators who are the ones directing , for the good of the game or their own self interest ?  




#2720553 NEW STRIP THREAD

Posted by Middleman on 11 June 2013 - 04:48 PM

Presumably they'll run on the pitch with 'This Charming Man' playing