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  1. Defender sometimes it feels a bit like that Dutch kid with his finger in the dam The existing Pro dual reg will not happen in NCL. The pro /semi pro game is now so impoverished that amateur terms could well be the new norm. The task is to minimise the impact on us by limiting numbers and the RFL are well aware of the arguments. Tentative figures for Champ and below are suggested if not quite yet agreed Finger still in that dam....
  2. That is a temporary arrangement for Hull for this year only as they committed to a reserve grade expecting all Super league clubs to do the same and provide a full fixture list.Rather than sign them on the RFL gave dispensation to play up to 5 as amateurs. Next year it has been proposed that SL clubs (reserves will be mandatory ) will be limited to 2 amateurs each.
  3. According to Companies House , north of 900k. That's why the ' due diligence ' test for major officers may be of importance . The RFL seemingly think so. Should Barla ? My own league, the NCL, along with with most playing leagues were disbarred from voting many years ago....and fixing an AGM for a Bank holiday when the Challenge Cup is on seems poor planning
  4. Yes but always treated confidentially up until the point of recommendation. Roosters withdrawal will not trigger an automatic replacement.
  5. Under new proposals SL clubs can have 2 amateurs only. If players sign , on whatever daft or cheap arrangements then that is obviously up to them. The present Humberside arrangement was ( I am told ) a one off because of their friendly reserves activity this year. But yes I agree a poor way to approach jointly promoting the game instead of one of purely self interest....
  6. SL reserves will be stronger than Champ 1 and well worth watching. SL clubs will want their players back ( they are more often than not paying their wages anyway ) Dual reg will remain for the kids not yet ready for reserves. Dual reg for Champ / on loan will still feature but in a much more considered way.
  7. I agree. Dual reg is not likely soon. Where a player chooses to play is entirely up to him and there should be free gangway ( remember that term ? ) I expect that Champ and to a much greater extent Champ 1 will be moving towards amateur based squads ( 'expenses ' only ) as the Reserve SL competition kicks in and players are sucked back up into the system. Duel reg is likely to be largely a thing of the past. NCL will seek to manage / influence this new environment as best they can from a players / clubs /competition perspective. I know the RFL are being receptive to dialogue on the subject.
  8. Six strong expressions of interest to date but full applications yet to be lodged in the format required by NCL. It is accepted some current members do not now meet all of the previous criteria (they are being pushed ) but unlikely that any new applicants will be accepted without them given the desire from so many to join for whatever reasons...
  9. At non pro level St Pats and Rose Bridge.? Just the canal between them, You can't get closer than that in Derby terms. A youth Barla cup semi final between them in the 80's drew over 3500 to Clarrington Park ......
  10. RFL continue to fund the NCL as a Tier 4 activity but the shift has moved from travel grant to general support. The NCL management will now decide where that goes and as a 10k deal with Arnold Clarke / Rhino has been threatened by some clubs not supporting that initiative then do not be surprised if certain clubs are prioritised over others Meanwhile RFL say that they support the NCL directly but more especially indirectly to the tune of approx 200k. a year. NCL strongly disagree that figure but recognise for instance that their paid for refs are worth approx 50k each year, they have a paid for administrator etc,,,,,,,,, so not as simple after all ! The NCL management I'm sure will continue to hold their corner, As for the Southern Conference , they too are Tier 4 and as such entitled to support I'm sure the NCL management will be made aware of the level of assistance in due course
  11. Wales won the 6 nations in spite of the odds based yet again on Edwards input. His stock is high in RU , who pay the earth. The street has it he wants the England Head coach job after Jones , and already has a deal to return to Wasps in his top pocket. Wigan are a sad third...........
  12. Agreed It is a fixture sec nightmare and half the teams have a vacancy the next round which is why NCL will not release dates to Barla for cup competitions or make uneven divisions deliberately to cater for Fighting Irish above thoughts and dreams ( it would cost a club £3k plus for that sort of jolly - £ 1k coach and minimum £2k hotel ) The National Cup if it is to flourish needs to be winter based with a final prior to the launch of the summer season . That might tempt many mid table clubs from NCL to have a crack in say september onwards. Local cups should be mid week in summer when lights are not needed and the summer clubs at all levels would simply be replacing a training session with a match. Again that might kick start a necessary but ignored level of our game. Challenge Cup dates and National cup are resolved directly between RFL and Barla. not NCL. There is a national fixture calendar agreed yearly by all interested parties. A related thread on these forums suggests the NCL is in the pocket of the RFL . It is not. Ask anyone at the RFL what a pain in the ar@@ they can be. The direct financial support to Tier 4 is constantly under pressure but the aims and objectives of the NCL continue to mirror those of all corners of the game. The sooner this sport provides a united front to others outside the better. And finally I have also seen a comment elsewhere about bringing 'forward thinking 'people into the debates. Bring it on I say. This game is dying at administrative level. The average age of the NCL decision makers is over 60. I'm not saying that they are not forward thinking but there is certainly a succession issue throughout the game Interested parties including you key board warriors - and I am seriously not being critical here - for NCL or Tier 4 level please contact Alan Smith at RFL........ The issue of younger volunteers to keep this game going at Community level has become critical...
  13. Prioritise the sponsors before the rest. They are looking at the hits and if all clubs do the same we are north of 100k per week. That will keep them happy and the League gets the continued investment, Won't happen otherwise. Lose the sponsorship and the clubs will get billed directly. Same with the shirt deal. About time some of our members looked at collective bargaining rather than individual deals. When that is recognised we will be the most powerful force in the whole game for requirement acquisitions .Far too much back scratching seems to be going on at the moment... Sorry to have to say it but even the NCL have to drag their members and this game into the 21st century......
  14. Further down the line does this also mean that the Worlds oldest knock out rugby competition will actually have to be giving a bye into the quarter finals ?
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