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  1. 1 hour ago, Davo5 said:

    Barrow are getting the benefits of having an academy in partnership with the local college.

    The game is in the state it is because the likes of your club are signing plane loads of reserve grade imports at the expense of British players in a desperate move to outdo Leigh for promotion,it remains to be seen if it’s affordable.

    Fev have had one of those for some time. 

    All clubs play within the rules of their respective division. The real issue here isn't the individual clubs, it's the rules they are allowed to work within. 

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  2. 3 minutes ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

    Callum Field joins Widnes on loan for rest of the season with no call-back option.

    It's fairly clear that Mac has now had time to have a good look at his squad and decided which ones he wants and which ones he doesn't. There are maybe 4 or 5 of our squad who are so far down the pecking order we probably won't see them play for us again.

    I don't think Field was going to get much more game time with us barring a huge amount of injuries so this is probably the fairest option for him. Complicated by the fact that he's contracted until 2023 but he remains a long shot to play for us again in my book.

    I thought he showed promise last season, and thought he'd kick on again this year. Hasn't happened for whatever reason: isn't the first time and won't be the last. I'd agree, can't now see him back next year. 

  3. 17 minutes ago, haskey said:

    Why do the RFL insist on clubs naming a 21 man squad. when certain players are definitely on the injured list. as you say POR utterly pointless

    AFAIK, they don't insist on a 21 man squad, which is why for example Leeds only named 20 ahead of last nights game. If the Bulls choose to name injured players in their squad, that's their perogative. 


  4. 7 hours ago, Dunbar said:

    Looks like a commitment of about 10 to 12 days a year (a board meeting every 2 months and then up to 6 sub committee meetings).

    Board members are remunerated at a rate of £218 per day.  What profile of people will they expect to see apply for these as it looks more like a status thing than anything else.

    Broadly retired people for non-exec roles then. Sounds to me they're after former senior/director level employees. Compared to NHS non-exec, I'd suggest that's reasonable reimbursement. 

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  5. 4 minutes ago, GUBRATS said:

    Agree , I want all clubs to prosper , no matter where they are based 

    As a Fev fan, I'd love Cas to be the second best team in the world. Who is better to beat to get to number one, than your local rival. 

    I'm sure you feel the same about pie eaters. 😉

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  6. Just now, ShropshireBull said:

    Mindset I suspect of thinking the pie is limited instead of how can we grow it.  

    We have the infrastructure for a 14 team SL and clubs that dont think they can make up the 200k short fall probably shouldnt be in SL. 

    Fev would be good for Wakey and Cas.  Leigh pies and Salford.  Newcastle for profile of League, York would be good for Leeds and the Hull teams.  End of loop fixtures too. 

    The most common response to pie discussions in RL is to who is going to eat it. 😂

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  7. Just now, ShropshireBull said:

    Fair enough.  Fev have been magnificently run for many years  and yep,  fev average was 2300 in 2019.  Lowest crowd this year 2700 and probably on course to average 3k. 

    Extra 700x13= Extra 9100 over course of year so probably worth an extra 200k in the kitty. 


    Fair answer. I never get the desire from any RL fan to expect failure of other clubs tbh. The more we have that are strong, Bulls included, the better. 

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  8. 1 minute ago, Hemi4561 said:

    I agree. However it can be verified by the RFL as no matter how poorly WWR are managed that the doctors in question would lie to them in order to bolster a lie made by the club. If they did it could have serious professional repercussions. 

    I'm not close to the requirements put in place for clubs regarding medical cover, nor the individual circumstances in this case. I suspect that's what would be required to make a fully informed comment in this particular circumstance. 

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  9. Just now, ShropshireBull said:

    Because Leigh lose 400,000 next year without promotion plus whatever income streams fev have, I doubt they are enough to be sustainable with the amount they are spending this season.  

    Both saw with Toulouse gone this was the season to go for it and will have to scale back next season.  Plus if Toulouse do come down they will instantly become a more attractive destination than the team that stays down. 

    I dont blame Both for going for it but the gap between the one that stays down and the rest will close next year. 

    I can't comment on either in any detail, Leigh in particular. 

    I've heard the same said about Fev year in year out for the last 10 years at least however. I very much doubt anything this year has changed, beyond the growth in numbers on the terraces, which first hand experience tells me has seen a fairly significant increase. 

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  10. Given the current issues within the NHS and the wider services at the moment here, I can empathise with WWR. Part time sports, especially in area where they are a minority are unlikely to get the support they require in the event of other pressures. 

    The problem is, this story has something of the boy who cried wolf about it. 

  11. 33 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:


    Whoever out of Leigh or Fev doesnt go up will have to scale back significantly.  

    Why will they? 

    Leigh have an owner with deep pockets. Unless he walks, they'd be back next year. 

    Fev have grown year on year for the last 15 or so years. They have multiple income streams, and shown consistently they're amongst the best run teams in the championship. 

    I hope Newcastle grow, and expect them to develop over time, however expecting one of this year's top two to dramatically fall away in 2023 feels a little fanciful to me. 

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  12. 13 minutes ago, Angelic Cynic said:

    Yes - but I believe the individual behind the initial financing left for the USA before the season started and the full time salaries were not better than part-time salaries.

    Newcastle Thunder haven't encountered similar problems,such as a change of stadium,that Sheffield suffered.

    Not saying that the circumstances are the same, nor the long term outcome. At this moment however, Newcastle appear to have signed players that can't get FT gigs elsewhere, because ultimately they are generally not good enough. That's the similarity. 

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  13. 15 minutes ago, Moscow01 said:

    Full time aren’t they? Currently getting pasted 30-4 before half-time by a very good Sheffield side. 



    As Sheffield themselves found a few seasons ago, there is a significant difference in having full time players and a good team. 

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