That's the danger Gaz, if nothing changes.
Hence I'd favour beyond a whole revamp of the clubs themselves (they're not brave enough), one up and down auto P & R but you warn against that and I see your point. Even that could get to the point clubs decline to go up because they can't afford it.
Allegedly Haven were going to spend nothing on promotion and just keep the extra SKY money, but the players scuppered that collapsing to Cas.
The one up and one down doesn't work parky. C@s are a prime example of that as they were up and down like a brides nighty lol. Maybe that played a part in their financial troubles who knows? But one up one down all it does it virtually keeps the same players but under a different club name as their isn't much time to recruit a strong club and who would want to sign for a club in jeopardy? That's why I can understand the RFLs decision to try this new system whether it works or not who knows but at least their trying something I suppose. I would of gone with this system personally but made caps between both leagues the same. I know you might say well clubs will overspend etc and go bust but surely they will do that anyway under the system. But I personally feel if anything good as come from franchising its clubs should now know how to manage their finances alot better( well you would think that anyway). Having the same cap between the leagues makes it alot more interesting IMO. This system won't work I don't think as the funding and caps see to that. If one club gets promoted under this system I will gladly eat humble pie but I just can't see it what so ever.