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This idea is nearly as crazy as the new league system we have in place for next season and onwards. I'm all for bringing them into our leagues and many more world country teams but surely they have to start in SL? By the sound of it they have plenty of cash but starting from the bottom will surely help empty their pot before they get to SL? Surely they have plans to make it to SL I'm assuming as why would you enter our sport especially being so far away if that wasn't the end goal.
Catalans were just thrown in? So there wasn't a bidding process 4 years before their entry, and they didn't have years to prepare? There was no plan? Hmmm...
Catalans worked because they WEREN'T just thrown in. There was a long term plan. One that has never been replicated for some reason!
Thank you for that I didn't know that. But it makes you wonder why the RFL haven't followed these steps with the other expansion clubs because the Catalans are a breath of fresh air when it comes to expanding the game.
ridiculous thundergaz, Catalan worked because they had a base sructure of a strong domestic comp, well-run and efficent production lines of young talent from community clubs. Thunder nor PSG had those structures in place
So what does that say about the RFL and the failed expansion clubs then if Catalans had all this in place? So the rest were just thrown in then like I said? So if Catalans worked like you say why haven't the rest if the RFL did the same process for every expansion club?
I think being desperate to see expansion is a good thing. Our lack of such desperation over the last century or so has been ruinous.
But that isn't what is happening here. All that is happening and I find it rather refreshing, is that people are looking at something can be made to work, what the good things about it are how feasible it is rather than why it's unfair, or pie in the sky or whatever. Well some people are doing that, some aren't.
Theirs a fine line between desperation and stupidity though angelo. Like I've said I'm all for expansion if its done properly ( which isn't the case ever since we went down this path). Throwing teams in and hoping it works isn't the way to go. We need to start going through expansion clubs with a fine tooth comb to give it any chance of working. Expansion as failed miserably because of this IMO. The Catalans IMO are a massive fluke as they were just thrown in just like Gateshead PSG crusaders etc etc but with catalans it worked which with the rest it didn't. By all means expansion is great for our sport but it needs to be done properly not just throw the clubs in and prey it works.
Lets be fair did you really expect the cougars to be in any other league than champ 1? I certainly didn't. I agree its a shame and it shouldn't of happened full stop but it as and that's it. Corrupt is OTT IMO as the RFL implemented the points deduction it was the independent panel that didnt agree with it with previous clubs doing the same and not being punished for it. So if you want to blame anyone its them IMO not the RFL. I agree the RFL made a huge blunder in not punishing the other teams that led to this fiasco but the RFL are far from corrupt IMO. Remember we're fans of our own teams and if things don't go our way we tend to throw our frustration at the governing body but as a whole they do well IMO for our sport especially with the funds they have to do it with. Like I say its a shame for keighley but I'm sure some arrangement as happened between the 2 parties to soften the blow as I don't hear your chairman shouting from the roof tops this morning lol. ( theirs still time for that though lol).