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  1. EastLondonMike

    New league structure revealed

    I'd be interested to know how much backing the SL clubs are going to give Elstone, from a financial point of view. If he goes to them with an annual budget proposal that lists PR activities, marketing plans etc etc, are they going to back him? Or quibble over having to spend some cash. Assuming they are collectively providing any additional funds beyond his salary. He's going to have an even tougher job if they are not.
  2. EastLondonMike

    New league structure revealed

    My big fear, after todays decision, is many fans who feel their clubs have been harshly treated might use it as an excuse/reason to walk away from the game. I hope thats not the case. Big challenge for championship clubs/league 1 clubs now is what they do to make sure that when the next TV deal comes around they are in a much better place to deal with any loss of TV income, should it happen. The RFL need to lead on this. Time to be proactive.
  3. EastLondonMike

    Villiame Kikau

    How good is this bloke? Watching the Panthers Sharks game, and while he's had a quiet game, he's just made a great run that sums up his qualities perfectly. Great lines of running, great hands, great leg strength and decent pace for a big lump. Everytine I see him play he looks so special.
  4. EastLondonMike

    Steve Renoufs Test Team

    Seems Renouf (wonderful player, one of the best ever) has his Brisbane/Queensland head on when picking some of those player. No way Roberts gets in ahead of Mitchell. Gagai may be reliable but he's not one of the best two wingers in Australia.
  5. EastLondonMike

    Widdop set to miss Kiwi series with shoulder injury

    George Williams should get the nod IMO.
  6. EastLondonMike

    David Argyle to relocate Skolars to USA

    This was actually proposed some years back I think. Can't recall all details but it never happened. Sure someone else on here with a greater knowledge on the subject would be able to embellish.
  7. EastLondonMike

    David Argyle to relocate Skolars to USA

    Hector is a good guy, and has plans to grow the club should he secure a decent level of funding. New River isn't the greatest of grounds, but one I'm led to believe could be picked up off the council for relatively cheap (in stadium terms), which could also be an attraction for any potential investor. Interesting times for Skolars.
  8. EastLondonMike

    Dave Furner, new Leeds coach

    Best of luck to him. He was an excellent player. And as we've seen with the likes of Daryl Powell and Steve MacNamara, a poor run at one club doesn't mean you can't become a good and capable coach later in your career.
  9. Yeah thats the place. Lac Cavayere. Sad news.
  10. EastLondonMike

    Lachlan Lam

    Usual bleating about Wigan .. 🐑
  11. EastLondonMike

    Denver test is dead

    Linkedin suggests Aussie based. https://www.linkedin.com/company/moore-sports-international/
  12. EastLondonMike

    Denver test is dead

    Isn't Moore Australia based? I'm sure he is. Moore Sports at least is an Australian based agency, so not sure how and why the US legal system would be troubled.
  13. I'm no longer involved at community level. Assume Bronco's and Skolars have their plans, but can't comment on anything else. Until i walked away everything was run but a group of volunteers from the clubs down here.
  14. Chris and Ash i know well. Both good lads. If you say you've seen the names etc, i don't doubt you. Though i do know the RFL never had the greatest grasp of who was actually playing for who. Over the years i've had numerous emails asking if such and such still played, names that had never actually played for my club or players i'd ever heard of. A minor detail though. That was a time when engagement down here was at its highest and best. How many of those kids and adults are now lost to the game? Sad.
  15. Sad to hear. Dan is a champion.