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  1. Hmmm... the performance against Underbank was not acceptable. Kear used DR in the one game following to remind our players what is required. Next game v Sheffield speaks for itself. For me that’s clever management. Very different to the DR use by other clubs. For Kear to play Green he has to drop someone. Milnes or Lilley?
  2. Short of a SL licence awarded under a franchise system (highly unlikely these days). I can't see a plausible answer I'm afraid. We have, once again, owners sanctioned by the governing body with no money. And to which the transparency of the actual ownership of the club, and the nature of the transfer of ownership are about as murky as it could possibly be. We cannot retain our young talent because we have to take the transfer fees in order to carry on. If indeed the money generated stays within the club. There is no prospect of a wealthy owner in sight. Our current chairman, who so far as I know hasn't even attended a game, pops up yesterday as the face of the Ottawa Aces. Complete with two of our sponsors names, including our main shirt sponsor, front and centre. We've even managed to alienate one of our top amateur clubs. It's a total mess from top to bottom. The club will continue to run on life support until a new ground is built in Bradford, or we return to a redeveloped Odsal (Ha!). Until then it will continue to attract wannabes and charlatans who will run the club in their own interests.
  3. Top development coach is JB. But they were coming through before and they continue to now he’s gone. We’ve got at least three in the team today, all kids that’ll get nabbed by the end of this season for SL I reckon. Lee Beatie and Mark Dunning do a really good job. And there’s plenty of raw talent kicking around the area.
  4. Another kid off the Bradford production line cruelly taken just like the rest because of our tin pot owners past and present.
  5. Defence, grind, and effort are both decent. Attack is woeful. But we are a very young and mainly homegrown team - I think the average age at the last game was announced as 22 ish. We had the same issue last year. As soon as Joe Keyes returned from injury our score average per game almost doubled. Jordan is 23 and Rowan is 20. If we do get into the play-offs then I suspect it'll be a similar season to York's one last year. Winning low scoring games by small margins.
  6. Group behaviour should come into this. Every club has an idiot or two, and I"m sure everyone has a story to tell about encountering those idiots. But there are clubs where very poor group behaviour is displayed regularly. Doesn't matter how many there are, or how loud they are, you wouldn't describe them as 'quality'. Far from it.
  7. Yep. Agree with that. Kear doing a good job with a very young side, and a particularly young pack. No doubt, the usual suspects will come in for the latest crop of kids as the season progresses.
  8. Well if that was us there would already be a 25 page thread on it by now.
  9. Indeed. Connor Robinson being banned won't help them. Also, prediction is very bad weather.
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  11. Mixed feelings on this one. Evans is a decent player at Champ level, better in defence than attack, works his nuts off every game. So a little sorry to lose him. But he does get injured and if he's a big earner on our payroll then there's a benefit there. Squad wise we're a little short of numbers so more bodies coming is good, BUT, what we don't want are kids from another club that can't hack it straight away. We've got our own latest set of academy players that look terrific, so they must get priority. Good news is that they would come on loan not DR, so there's minimum periods and we won't be obligated to play them. The club is in a very bad state and the fans need something to be proud of, something to invest in. For the last few seasons that's been seeing the kids come through (before getting picked off). They should take note that whilst a player like Evans leaving is understandable, further sales of our top emerging talent for peanuts is not acceptable.
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