Oldham can snare the talent if they put the right people in place and put in a scholarship scheme which could run like the old Service Area. Run purely by volunteers, and with funding that can be obtained, it would cost next to nothing to operate, yet the club would benefit hugely from this.
You would run three teams, 15, 16 and 18s. Link in with Oldham College and Steve Molloy, the amateur clubs in the town, and your on to a winner straight away.
Dual Reg, only came about because all themoney by SKY went into the back pockets of players, and clubs pay salaries that are way above what they can afford. They scrapped the reserves, curtailled the scholarship programmes at 12/13/14, all because of costs. And now they use and abuse the clubs beneath them. Instead of sticking together and going alone, SL have got what they have wanted in having feeder clubs, and the lower league clubs have become slaves to them.
Incidentally, ask the RFL for the statistic of players that leave scholarships and then leave the game for good, because they have become disallusioned with the game, and it's very high.
Im not sure about this...
The right people (I assume you mean best) will want paying for their time and expertise and very few would volunteer without reward - This is professional sport remember.
The larger more professional clubs would still draw the best players. After all a Wigan tracksuit is still better than Whitebank, Christine Hamilton and no shower.
Plenty of teenage kids find women, drink and drugs and give up on their hopes of playing professional Rugby - all much better propositions than playing in front of 400 people on a tip - Not really the stuff of dreams.
Oldham will never compete with other clubs in the current situation.
The big lad does not have time to control a youth system, there is no money in it for him and it may interfere with his work at Leigh.
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