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The difficulty of getting overseas stars

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sorry i put a £ instead of $

http://www.sportal.com.au/league-news-display/titans-win-new-licence-208757

Having seen debts blow out to $24 million under the leadership of former Titans chief executive officer Michael Searle, who will continue as executive director of football, the ARLC have agreed to hand the club a fresh start by issuing a licence under new ownership.

earlier in the last season it was reported to be as much as $35million

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If I have understood correctly, he's looking for a centre to replace Ablett but says Ablett has been playing brilliantly in the centres and it would require a top drawer NRL player to replace Ablett. In other words, recruiting a centre isn't really a priority so this is a non-story?

Other than getting in cover for Ablett should he get injured, can't he just keep Ablett in the centre and maybe look for another prop or second rower, positions I understand Leeds to be in greater need of covering?

If it's really that bad, and they need to spend more, surely he needs to get Gary H a longer pair of arms that reach all that loose coin in the bottom of his pockets. I'm sure there's plenty in there to spend.

Anyhow, Darren Lockyer seems to think it a good thing the journeymen are no longer coming over from the NRL as he thinks there is plenty of talent coming thru over here, it just needs game time at the top level.

Stuart Pyke@stuartpykesport

Bit of #rugbyleague news - am hearing Leeds have finally agreed a deal to sign centre Joel Moon from Salford - transfer fee to be paid

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sorry i put a £ instead of $

http://www.sportal.c...-licence-208757

earlier in the last season it was reported to be as much as $35million

The Titans sold the biggest debt they had in the building "Centre for Excellence" and the Bank financing that took a big hit.

They have had a new consortium but a shareholding in the Club and absorb some of the previous debt.

They are still in debt but nothing like $35 million.

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The RFL buying a stake in an NRL club isn't as stupid an idea as it sounds if they are serious about the international game going forward. However instead of using an existing club they should take a long term view and partner with one of the new ventures who are pushing for an NRL licence in the future such as Perth.

A brand new franchise wont alienate existing fans by having half the squad made up of British players. Imagine having a 25 man squad with 14 Brits playing in the NRL competition every week with every SL club being allowed to send 1 player from their own squad to play for the franchise for a minimum of 2 years

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And all this comes at a time when the RFL overhaul the scholarship and Academy system, effectively limiting the chances of developing young players in our own competition.

Bearing in mind, all the changes have been approved by SL clubs.

Great timing.

Not approved, but instigated, with Leeds at the head of the queue.

Don't pile all the blame on the RFL, the clubs are squarely behind this development.

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