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An Interesting Approach to Dual Reg.....

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Widnes and Workington have today announced that the full Widnes first team squad will be dual registered with Workington. Instead of having 5 allocated players, after Widnes have named their 18 man SL squad each week Town will be free to choose any 5 of the remainder of the Widnes squad (apart from injured players of course). It's a novel approach and one which will serve both partners well.

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Yep - don't like this approach at all. Guess that answers the question about how many players can be DR'd at any one time.

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This is getting very much like feeder teams now.

Agree.

Too far down the road......

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Didn't think we'd ever be playing a Widnes reserve side in a cumbrian derby, but life goes on I guess.

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Surely this wasnt the intention? I can see this being either the creation of feeder teams, ot the end of dual regs as we know it, maybe with a more strict approach to how many can be registered.

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I'm not a fan of it myself but its a case of if you can't beat them join them. If we're going to partner with a SL club then we may as well exploit it to the full on terms that are advantageous to us. This means we can dictate who plays for Town rather than Widnes telling us. We can still only play a maximum of 5 at any one time but it gives us the flexibility to choose who those 5 are each week (if indeed we play 5 every week). Can't wait to see Hock playing for Town to get fit after his first suspension of the season :-)

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People's reaction to this news is that Town are becoming a feeder team for Widnes?

Where was it mentioned that all of the Town team are dual registered with Widnes? It's the other way round according to the OP.

This gives Town dibs on the 5 players that aren't picked in Widnes' first team......the only problem I foresee with this is the Widnes fringe players may get a bit peeved not knowing whether they are coming or going up the M6 on a weekly basis

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People's reaction to this news is that Town are becoming a feeder team for Widnes?

Where was it mentioned that all of the Town team are dual registered with Widnes? It's the other way round according to the OP.

This gives Town dibs on the 5 players that aren't picked in Widnes' first team......the only problem I foresee with this is the Widnes fringe players may get a bit peeved not knowing whether they are coming or going up the M6 on a weekly basis

Nobody on this thread has mentioned Town becoming a feeder team for Widnes.

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Nobody on this thread has mentioned Town becoming a feeder team for Widnes.

Oops....sorry, forgot to switch on my sarcasm detection unit.....

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full on feeder team............told ya it would head that way.......wheres gav? lol

I'm here. They can still only play up to 5 at a time. They still need their own squad of Workington players.

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Absolutely ridiculous, this added to York registering the whole population of Hull for their squad too is just a step too far. All to save the Super League clubs money so they don't have to run under 23s?

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Absolutely ridiculous, this added to York registering the whole population of Hull for their squad too is just a step too far. All to save the Super League clubs money so they don't have to run under 23s?

COuld not agree more! Bang on

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They can only field five players at the moment but we all know that it's merely a starter for five. I dread to think what the situation will be in a few years time. The integrity of a fine competition has been destroyed. Very sad to see.

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Absolutely ridiculous, this added to York registering the whole population of Hull for their squad too is just a step too far. All to save the Super League clubs money so they don't have to run under 23s?

SL clubs didn't run u23's anyway.Although I do agree it's ridiculous that Widnes have registered their whole squad.

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This is surely not the way the system is supposed to operate?

Having said that, the system was brought in with insufficent prior thought and analysis for largely economic reasons, so who knows how it's actually supposed to operate?

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So is there anything to stop Widnes allowing Workington 5 of their top players if say Workington had a key game in the bid to avoid relegation and Widnes had a weekend free? If not, surely this is just the modern equivalent of having ringers in your side.

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So is there anything to stop Widnes allowing Workington 5 of their top players if say Workington had a key game in the bid to avoid relegation and Widnes had a weekend free? If not, surely this is just the modern equivalent of having ringers in your side.

Or to get into the playoffs! Wouldn't want everyone to label us Rovers' fans as arrogant again ;)

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Wouldn't picking a different 5 players each week just cause disruption?

The chance to train with team mates and know the game plan is essential, this could be a good idea and Workington may well pick the same 3 or 4 regardless of who else is available.

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So is there anything to stop Widnes allowing Workington 5 of their top players if say Workington had a key game in the bid to avoid relegation and Widnes had a weekend free? If not, surely this is just the modern equivalent of having ringers in your side.

Yes just imagine the excitement of a potential St Helens reserves v Widnes reserves clash to avoid relegation from the Championship/clinch the last play off spot :blink:

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Wouldn't picking a different 5 players each week just cause disruption?

The chance to train with team mates and know the game plan is essential, this could be a good idea and Workington may well pick the same 3 or 4 regardless of who else is available.

bingo...

if a SL club said "heres 5 players for the season...crack on" workington could work with that...

but getting different players dependent on whether these players are playing for widnes that week will cause mayhem at workington....

good luck to them :lol:

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Thats my worry about it spud, I would much prefer we got the use of 4 or 5 young players for 3 month periods than have different ones every week. Now this could be what actually happens seeing as though Town seemingly have the say over who they use. They could pick 5 players unlikely to be first team very often and use them each week.

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or more likely it'll be widnes saying "play these 3 cos they need game time,play this one cos he's coming back from injury and give this one half a hour to see how he goes............."

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or more likely it'll be widnes saying "play these 3 cos they need game time,play this one cos he's coming back from injury and give this one half a hour to see how he goes............."

I agree, the whole "championship coach has final say" argument is very naive in my opinion!

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