15000 of rugby league's decline happened in winter incidentally; 10000 in summer. So the issue is apart from the playing season.
Isn't a good picture at all though, think the loss of development funding has been a killer though.
Personally I think the professional academies need to be either play a full season or none and also under 18s and under 17s need to merge so that there's 2 years of players and less disruption caused by players leaving education. The game needs fewer, stronger clubs with multiple teams and where possible this needs to be combined with lower travel costs. Obviously development areas and village teams this isn't possible in. I also think the distinction between the professional and amateur game needs ending, there's no reason why West Hull couldn't be in a league with Gateshead Thunder. Most crucially all clubs need to be playing in one season with one governing body to stop players burning out trying to play 2 overlapping seasons and to stop petty disputes.
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