Martyn Sadler

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So I overall think that expanding the Championship to 14, and reducing League One is probably the right thing to do, but to move the goalposts so late in the day, with barely a handful of games left doesn't sit right with me at all - even if my club is likely to benefit hugely. 

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It's also not saying much about the future of the 8s...

Not a good idea to change the rules in mid season in my opinion, it's just going to look like a stitch up to make sure Bradford get up. It will make things less stressful (and less interesting) at the top of League 1, York and Bradford's work is pretty much done.

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This can only be good for rugby. As a Workington supporter ide much rather be packing my bags for a day away in Rochdale, Dewsbury or anywhere along the M62 corridor rather than the trips to London Skolars, Coventry, Hemel Etc. No offence to these clubs but there is a mountainous disparity between the top and bottom clubs in league one which has made rugby viewing for us 'boring?'. 

All for it. 

Must agree it is a tad late in the day with 5 games to go, but puts us town fans in prime position (for now at least) 😬

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Wow . League one places and play offs just got pumped up a level !

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Seriously - with 5 games to go you change the rules? At absolute worst it should at least have been sorted before the final 7 games of the Champ Shield. Rochdale v Swinton takes on a whole new dimension now.

Perhaps the Bulls did know something when they upped their season ticket prices.

Are we the only professional sport that does this? In fact, the word professional should be stripped from RL's CV.

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6 minutes ago, Amber Avenger said:

So I overall think that expanding the Championship to 14, and reducing League One is probably the right thing to do, but to move the goalposts so late in the day, with barely a handful of games left doesn't sit right with me at all - even if my club is likely to benefit hugely. 

I agree in principle, it is pretty rubbish to do this with just a few rounds to go. BUT, more clubs will benefit from this than be hindered, so I think it should be voted in and we can move on.

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This level of paranoia over Bradford is boring. 

We have known for a while that restructures were coming in. It is highly incompetent of the whole game to leave it so late, but I suggest it is nowt to do with Bradford's league position at the moment.

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1 minute ago, Bulls2487 said:

Didn't take long for someone to mention Bradford did it. 

It was a Bradford fan who mentioned it first.

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1 minute ago, tim2 said:

Seriously - with 5 games to go you change the rules? At absolute worst it should at least have been sorted before the final 7 games of the Champ Shield. Rochdale v Swinton takes on a whole new dimension now.

Perhaps the Bulls did know something when they upped their season ticket prices.

Are we the only professional sport that does this? In fact, the word professional should be stripped from RL's CV.

Its really poor that we have gotten to this stage, but its also better to rip the plaster now than the alternative which is probably wasting a whole season

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7 minutes ago, Rupert Prince said:

The proposal has been revealed... the clue is in the URL.

I know.

The clue is not in the thread title though!

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Cynic in me sees this as a move to ensure Bradford come up, but then again, they've been screwwed enough times anyway haven't they. Perhaps they're due some luck.

To be honest its probably a good move. Would go with 2 or 3 up from L1 next season too. Don't like it being done so late in the day.

Where does this leave L1? 

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Just now, Dave T said:

This level of paranoia over Bradford is boring. 

We have known for a while that restructures were coming in. It is highly incompetent of the whole game to leave it so late, but I suggest it is nowt to do with Bradford's league position at the moment.

Bradford have been in second place since...err.. Sunday at 5pm, so it would mean the RFL would have come up with this structure since then and we all know they don't work that quick!

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4 minutes ago, Dave T said:

I agree in principle, it is pretty rubbish to do this with just a few rounds to go. BUT, more clubs will benefit from this than be hindered, so I think it should be voted in and we can move on.

Yes, to be fair, I was thinking which clubs would vote against this? Not many I would think.

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3 minutes ago, Dave T said:

This level of paranoia over Bradford is boring. 

We have known for a while that restructures were coming in. It is highly incompetent of the whole game to leave it so late, but I suggest it is nowt to do with Bradford's league position at the moment.

I think I probably agree, but then I wonder if this change would have been suggested if it had been, say Workington and Hunslet at top of league 1.

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2 minutes ago, scotchy1 said:

Its really poor that we have gotten to this stage, but its also better to rip the plaster now than the alternative which is probably wasting a whole season

To some extent it also depends what SL does - suppose they decide they want 14 teams? Unlikely, I know, but possible.

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