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I was told by a players dad that PV said his hands were tied when the local asked why he wasnt playing and a Wigan lad was.
NOT good IF true.
My comments to that are:-
1. I don't think it rings true coming from an experienced coach like PV
2. Player and his dad were bang out of order talking outside of the changing rooms. There's a good team spirit that doesn't need any bad apples!!!
3. If true maybe PV didn't want to hurt the lads feelings by saying "you're not good enough yet".
I'm with London Town on this one and I believe that both clubs gained from the experience. We had a regular 2, 3 or 4 players and then more with odd appearances by Manfredi, Gelling, Powell, etc, and it wasn't to only give Wigan a benefit.
What the hell does it matter who offered what? The main thing is that as far as we are concerned the player signed for us, If he hadn't then we move on - end of!!!!
I'm sure our BoD would have a limit as to how far they wanted to go without going outside our budget and no doubt Haven are the same. It should not be a matter for public debate about signing on fees or salaries.
No way does the tackle deserve a suspension! What happens if he pleads guilty?
The early guilty plea is only available to a player who hasn't been up before the disciplinary in the past 12 months. With an early guilty plea his sentence will be reduced by 1 game so if they give him the maximum penalty of 3 games he would be suspended for only 2. Likewise if they give him a 2 match ban he would only serve one match.
Just watched the match highlights on You Tube and how Azuiue (?) didn't get sent off I don't know as he never made any attempt to make a tackle. Five officials for this match and they still chicken out on making the big decision!!!!!
The idea of fining the five teams from last season plus Batley and Doncaster to make up the difference is a sound idea but at present we only have Mr Nicholas' statement to the appeal tribunal to say that these five clubs broke the rule. There has been absolutely NO confirmation of this from the RFL but those clubs keep being mentioned on social media and even in the RL Express. I still can't understand how your Chairman was able to access players salary cap values when they were at other clubs not connected with Batley, as salary cap values are part of the rule. The RFL need to grow some and let fans know the full facts, warts and all. If they have c****d up then admit it and let everyone move on but until then this is not going to go away.
That Bill Arthur was Rod Studd!!!! and I think Gareth Walker will know as much about the Championships as anyone as he writes about them every week in the RL Express.
Until the RFL come clean and outline everything to the supporters of other clubs then I'm afraid Batley will continue to get this sort of reaction. Of course the RFL will sit on it in the hope that it will pass by and every one moves on.
Whatever you think of him, Haven4ever does raise a valid point about what happened last season? There has not been any confirmation from the RFL that 5 teams, including my team Workington Town, broke this rule last season. Fans of these 5 teams surely have a right to know if that is true or not first before they get tarred with this particular brush. As far as I can see this is only mentioned by Doncaster and Batley in their appeals to the tribunal which beggars the question of how did they find out things like players salaries first of all and secondly if true was this an error by the RFL or the clubs mentioned?
When it comes down to the RFL that old saying "you should always expect the unexpected" was never truer.
Batley's appeal was centred around the fact that they didn't know about this 3 game rule and it seems to me that they have upturned every stone to find that Haven broke the same rule last year and didn't get punished. As they haven't punished any teams either last year or this then it would be very difficult for them to punish another team if they now broke the same rule this season.
It's ironic though that the one coach that shouted loudest about the perceived miscarriage of justice just happened to be coach of the team that broke the rule last year and got away with it!!! As they say "touche".