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  1. Personally, I don't understand why the Hornets are doing this and see it as the route to success. If you look at saints for example with their superleague success, grade 1 academy and large number of juniors playing the game in the town they still only have 2 to 3 St Helens lads in their starting 17. My opinion is that Hornets should just look to build the strongest squad they can on their budget irrespective of where the players come from and try to generate some success on the field. The better the team become the more it generates interest in playing the game so should have a knock on effect in the amateur league. Eventually, Hornets should start to get quality Rochdale lads coming into the team every year instead of losing them to other more successful clubs.
  2. Mayfield's second team collapsed last year (losing 18 out of 18 and finishing on minus 13 in the NWML prem), I'm assuming, due to a number of players having to play up in the first team following the departures to Hornets with no one to move up to replace them. That could be a real problem for Mayfield if they don't fix it because a lack of second team will leave a rung missing from that pathway ladder.
  3. This upcoming season is a difficult one to predict. It's great that we have kept the core of the team together. Look how well those teams do who maintain consistency, such as the likes of saints in Superleague. I think just maintaining that consistency in the team should get us off to a good start. Also, other seemingly stronger teams have potentially weakened from last season, such as Bradford due to their off field troubles, Widnes with their drop to part time and even Featherstone with the loss of Ryan Carr. However, we'll miss Matty and we don't know who we will have from Wigan dual reg. yet. But, I reckon we could surprise people again.
  4. Oscar Thomas. I believe we signed him on a two year deal last December.
  5. https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/off-the-record-rugby-league-rumours-and-gossip-184/?utm_content=bufferb6792&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer Bennion wasn’t the person I‘d heard about. Looks like the other clubs are circling for our players.
  6. I don't know. It's just what I've heard. Maybe the club have agreed a release?
  7. I've heard that at least one of our squad that were signed up for next year have signed elsewhere, could be more. With no news on new players, we could be down to only 11 players signed up for next year. Doesn't sound too positive to me
  8. SL: over Salford, under Leeds. I thought Salford's small squad depth and low budget might seem them fighting off relegation but, they have proved me very wrong. Leeds should do much better for a club their size. Ch: over Swinton, under Barrow. Almost every pundit had Swinton bottom of the league but, I reckon new signings such as Gav Bennion, Hatto and Matty Ashton, although not big name players at the time, have fitted perfectly to the way Stu Litter wanted the team to play. Barrow spent big money on players who haven't played to their value in my opinion. L1: over Whitehaven, under Newcastle. Whitehaven are another team that have shown that spending big isn't necessary the answer to success. I recon Newcastle will probably still gain promotion through the play offs. But, they should have done better on paper.
  9. Rochdale have pretty much pressed the self destruct button this season. Based on current performances Rochdale will struggle to get above the bottom 4 of league 1 next year. With the Sky contract due up at the end of 2021 and rumours that the funding for league 1 will go then it is a worrying time for Rochdale. Hopefully, the club have a plan!
  10. Looking at the team listed in the League Express I can only see 3 lads from last years team still playing in this team. Shame as the core of that team were pretty decent. They just missed a quality centre to replace trigger when he went to Batley and a old head in the halves to lead the team around. Instead, almost the whole team has been replaced and then replaced again half way through the season.
  11. About 25 mins into the first half, while at 0-4, Danny Richardson sparked into life for Leigh and caused us all sorts of trouble. I know that Lewis Hatton was subbed off at 25 min with Jamie Acton coming on but, I don't know what changes Leigh made around that point but, it certainly worked in Leigh's favour.
  12. It is only mandatory for the home team doctor to be at PT championship games. So doubt that the Swinton doc was there.
  13. I think that's the point. There wasn't a facility to enable that to happen at Sheffield given that the lad was on a stretcher. Barring loading him onto the team bus.
  14. I think it would have been the Sheffield club doctor and I presume he was still strapped to a stretcher.
  15. I heard that the ambulance didn't turn up and they gave up waiting after 4 hours and carried him onto the coach. If they'd have stuck with waiting for the ambulance it could have been way longer. I've read that ambulances are often stuck queued up outside A&E because there are no beds for the patients they're carrying. If this was the case then I can totally understand why they didn't go to the hospital in Sheffield. I was also told that there was only basic pain relief at the ground that did little to address his pain. Didn't even have gas and air. It's right that Will should be angry and should be highlighting this. Imagine the anger from saints fans if say, James Roby had the same injury at an away match at Leeds and was still on a stretcher waiting to go to the hospital, with basic pain relief, hours after everyone has left the game and gone home. Or the same situation for any superleague player. Why should player welfare be a lower priority in the Championship?
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