It appears that both Widnes and Hull have been allowed to dual-register their ENTIRE first-team squads with Workington Town and York City Knights respectively, with FIVE players not selected for SL duty on any given weekend expected to line-up for their Championship partners. The Championship clubs concerned will effectively be allowed to choose from any five players who haven't made the cut on any given weekend.
I'm afraid that this is the beginning of the end for RL at out level. The clubs involved in this sham are simply losing all self-respect and dignity. I've got to admit that I'm fairly unhappy with our own arrangement with Huddersfield Giants, and was slightly suspicious to see the names of three Giants players on our teamsheet for the friendly on Thursday night, however as long as we don't get players inflicted upon us once the season starts (at the expense of official Batley players) I won't be getting too upset. Once that situation becomes a reality, however, I'll be walking away. I don't want to see my club winning games with five Super League players from another club - that we've borrowed for the weekend, in our line-up. It'd be humiliating and an insult to our past achievements in surviving as a proud, independent club with a rich history that has battled against the odds more times than I care to remember.
For clubs such as York and Workington though, the death knell has already sounded. Dress it up anyway you want - and some forum members appear eager to do just that, but any sense of dignity is being thrown right out of the window.
Edited by Philius T Wilderbeest, 26 January 2013 - 01:23 PM.