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  1. Check the thread 'NCL players to the pro game 2020 ' on the NCL forum. Every player in the NCL is a non contract player and free agent. The NCL does not allow dual reg. All players are amateur and it is a fertile breading ground especially for Champ and League 1 sides ,occasionally even up into SL , Alex Walmsley being just one example. The player movement works both ways. I think the West Hull halfbacks today are both ex pro's on amateur registration and therefor signable into the higher leagues.
  2. Bang on. The RFL had had enough of Chapeltown which had become a virtual no go hell hole especially at night so Lindsay did one of his deals to secure Red Hall and get rid of Chapeltown Rd, all with Leeds City Council assistance. Apparently there was a suggestion that the RFL might be Manchester bound even then without better surroundings and the Council were very keen to retain the Governing Body within their city ..... The George only ever had about 6 dedicated parking spaces and the whole of that area has always been a parking disaster. as anyone who ever needed to attend BARLA Headquarters around the corner can testify. By the way that fire in COBRA on TV looked pretty effective - is the George still standing ?
  3. Super League have moved to a back street in manchester's trendy Northern Quarter about a mile from the Etihad. RFL I think will still keep their media city outlet, ensuring Manchester is now the effective headquarters for virtually all the game. Parking is tricky for all except the Etihad but if you have a bike you can certainly deliver all the forum's messages in an hour or two ( or take the tram ! )
  4. I believe Kay is an RL fan herself. She is one of the Mcgurrin family , respected players and administrators over the years in Wigan
  5. NO Cut the interchanges even more instead. ( I appreciate this is slowly happening and for the reason below ) We have followed the NFL/NRL / insurance argument of exposing the players for too long.. Our game is an aggressive invasion sport that includes attrition as a strategy.. I'm not suggesting going back to the times of Alan Prescott and the Rourke's Drift Test but the sooner we can tire the big guys the more opportunity we will be giving to those with craft and guile........ and the loose forward will once more become the chess masters of TGG....
  6. I would put Mike Gregory up there with them
  7. RAF officer Damian Clayton sits on the RL Community Board. Deservedly got his gong for bringing TGG to the forces. We tick all their recruitment boxes. And remain more than active.... Hessle lad RAF commander and ex RL president ' Dino ' will never be forgotten after his NCL dinner offerings a couple of years ago Safe pairs of hands for our game and our country
  8. This thread is a great read. Well done to all concerned. Google Premiership Rugby CEO. The outgoing man has seemingly joined CVC, with the new guy coming from Doncaster. CVC will have presented their vision for SL or Rob Elstone would not have made a statement that in Feb there would be something more concrete to say ( work in progress? ). They are ruthless- see what happened to F1 . Work still in hand with RU....... Has anyone out there gone through any doors not open to most of us to predict our future as a sport ? I repeat my previous query. Ultimate Goal ?
  9. By the end of next week . The NCL have managed to accommodate virtually all Individual clubs requests and the final drafts have been sent out to all clubs for perusal and comment for anything that might have been overlooked.. After that they become effectively fixed in stone for the season and are released generally. They should appear on the website as well.
  10. The regulations need to be signed off by the RFL Full Council but have been agreed I believe for quite some time now with the various stakeholders. The reserve competition is to be compulsory for the English based SL clubs , who in turn need to be running approved U 18 Academies. They have up to 75 players that can be contracted . If any SL clubs can't do that to turn out 3 sides they need to perhaps consider their positions...... 2 amateurs and 2 students can be added . Terms and conditions players are to be abolished. Dual registration will continue but clearly SL clubs are likely to look more carefully at those arrangements as they seek to compete in the Reserve Competition. That competition should be stronger than most Championship matches and certainly much stronger than League 1 ones. To bring in some balance Championship clubs can have up to 5 amateurs and League 1 clubs up to 10 . The position will be monitored as the RFL have no intention of letting these proposals dominate squad selections to the extent that some clubs remain / become ' Pro ' in name only. TV contract and ongoing central financial support ( or not ) have been factored in to the thinking.... Amateur players will remain on their community club registers and match payments will be prohibited . Players will be able to choose if necessary on a weekly basis which club they make themselves available to play for - it's their game after all ! That's roughly how I believe it's all supposed to pan out though of course I could be well off the mark............
  11. He certainly did but Wikipedia also credits Waterhead as well as Wigan and Bradford Academies , presumably at Scholarship level.His schooling at Rishworth and of course his dad must have influenced his route into RU.
  12. Geoff Lofthouse MP and ex Deputy Speaker became Lord Lofthouse Baron of Pontefract. He played for his home town club of Featherstone. A great and influential friend to the game, especially the grassroots. As President of BARLA in 2003 he steered the game back to re-unification. Once said that controlling BARLA and it's then politics was much harder than controlling the House of Commons..... As for the current Speaker Lindsay Hoyle MP once appeared before the NCL committee to persuade them to allow his beloved Chorley Borough entry when the NCL was re-structured to incorporate certain former professional clubs. Still loves the game I understand.
  13. In what major sports other than perhaps RL do elite athletes not make (rightly ) a fortune? Even darts beat us.....
  14. Farrell played for St Pats in the U 16's , Ford for Waterhead. At a rumoured 25k per cap ( 11 this year) and according to Exeter Chiefs manager average Premiership contracts for internationals at £350k who in their right mind would want to return to the code of their childhood ? Sonny Bill returned at 34. These two , still in their 20's , would put millions into their bank accounts before even thinking of life after RU......
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