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  1. Just in case anyone is unaware, you can record off the red button as it's listed as a channel on Sky (somewhere around 990, I think. if you have the TV guide in 101 BBC1 and go up, you'll find it).
  2. I'd agree he's done ok, but regardless of all the talk when he was signed, it's a fact that he is a recent Dally M centre of the season (2017 & 2018, wasn't it?) and he's been recently playing NRL. I was just expecting a bit more magic from him, he's a solid enough centre and he did have a good game at Catalan, that's kind of where my idea of laziness comes from, he can do it, but generally doesn't. It seems I'm in the minority though, so it turns out I'm expecting too much, it's not the first time and it won't be the last!
  3. Fair enough. I can’t say I’ve noticed it that much. I’ll look out for this aspect of his game more.
  4. Absolutely agree with all of those. I think Smith has surpassed all expectations too.
  5. You're a wiser man than I! I think my judgment is clouded by the fact some of our less trumpeted signings have been pure gold.
  6. Frankly, regardless of what type of player he is, it seems to me that he doesn't get involved enough. Your three-quarters are generally the men that take up the early carries in a set and the other three do so far more than Leilua does. If we're simply hoping for a flash of magic here and there, it needs to be several times in a game, not once every several games. All in my humble opinion, obviously. That Brisoce try in the first game has set some expectation, I can't remember seeing a similar offload from him in any of the other games to create anything. I appreciate that he beat McDonald to supply that try, but the flashes are few and far between.
  7. I agree with you about the Catalan game, it's almost as if that was our glimpse of what he can do, but a brief glance! As I say, I think perhaps I expected too much with him being a 'big name' for the championship. Had Leigh not brough in their version at the same time, I'd probably have not noticed so much.
  8. What are peoples thoughts on Leilua? Personally, I think he's been something of a disappointment, he's not really broken any pots and he generally looks a bit uninterested and lazy. I look at how Nene MacDonald is playing at Leigh, getting involved in everything and putting himself about, but Joey doesn't seem to be overstretching himself. Is it just me expecting too much from what was a marquee style signing?
  9. Presumably, were your chosen team in the Championship, having seen multiple years with no promotion at all (and when it does exist, it's limited to one team), they would put the integrity of the competition first and play only home grown players that they could pick up that SL clubs don't want. It would give you the moral high ground, whilst still stuck outside the top flight with no hope of getting there. What would your solution be?
  10. I agree that at the moment it would seem to be a good idea, but the self-preservation in SL would, I believe, be far too strong to allow it.
  11. The casualties would be the team being relegated who doesn't finish bottom, also all existing SL clubs have their distribution reduced. I can't imagine they woudl see this as winning. That's not so say that I don't agree with the idea, I think it has much to commend it, but I'm not the CEO of a club losing a portion of our central funding.
  12. As a Featherstone fan, it seems to me that Reynolds is a liability. He's creating very little and is a bit hot-headed. I'm sure Leigh would be a better team with Ipape at 6, so I'm hoping Reynolds keeps getting the nod!!
  13. And conversely, in my opinion, it can't be done adequately without P&R.
  14. Agreed. I'm sorry you experienced such at Featherstone and I'm glad it hasn't turned you against us. IMO, if you finish in the relegation places, you deserve to go down; otherwise, you don't. Being a fan of a smaller team, I'm pretty much always on the side of the underdog, so I love to see SRD beating the so called big boys. With regard to the finances of Featherstone & Leigh, I tend to hope they are using some judgement, as one or the other of them isn't going up. But if they are daft enough to put themselves at risk, then that is their responsibility although it is the fans that will suffer.
  15. I think you're absolutely right about that. In essence I think you and I agree that P&R is necessary in RL, but we have different views on how it should be administered, that I think can be explained by the relative positions of Salford and Featherstone.
  16. If I knew it was a reasonable possibility, I'd be putting away some of my 100k to make sure I didn't lose my house (been there, although not ot those extremes). I'm not suggesting it's an easy thing to do, but the responsibilty lies with the club to balance ambition with expectation.
  17. The root causes of financial turmoil are mismanagement, it may be that the mismanagement is chasing a promotion at all costs, it's still ultimately down to the clubs in question, not the structure of the competition. If clubs need to have their spending controlled by telling them they won't be promoted howerver well they perform on the field, we're back at licencing, which can't work without having very low minimum standards (so low as to be pointless), because we're a financially poor sport. Well-funded in my opinion is maximising your income flows and working within realistic projections. If, as a club, you are constrained by your finances, work on improving them, but above all, live within your means. Comparison with other sports in different cultures & environments doesn't provide any useful data, in my opinion. NFL is a very different sport in a very different market. P&R is far from untouchable. It's a relatively new addition to the sport and has been removed and reintroduced. Obviously, I can't claim to speak for everyone who supports a club outside the top flight, but all of my friends and I in lower tier RL lost interest during the licencing era and would mostly be lost to the game with no way of earning a place in SL on the pitch. Maybe the RFL/SL are content to lose support and therefore clubs outside SL in order to maintain the clubs within. If so, then by all means they should remove the threat and carry on with the 12 clubs currently in there.
  18. I do understand all the arguments against P&R with regard to finance, but in my opinion, it's a risk worth taking to maintain the competition and it's up to the clubs to make sure they work within their own budgets. The disparity of funding between the leagues is in my opinion the major problem which needs to be resolved. I'm not sure the analogy of bus tickets works either, is that comparing games with no P&R with reading bus tickets? (maybe I misinterpreted). I love to read and devour both fiction and non-fiction, but I don't have any interest in bus tickets. The loss of Bradford would have been due to mismanagement, not P&R. I appreciate that P&R could be considered a catalyst, but the fact remains that financial management is the responsibility of the clubs. If your team was stuck in the Championship, having topped the table for four years running, or a few years later they were well-funded and mounting a challenge for SL, would you want that 'promotion' to be in the hands of the clubs in SL (one of which would be replaced by your team)? If so, fair enough, I admire your love for the sport over the love for your club. Me? I want my club to be able to play at the highest level of the sport when they achieve that right on the field, not when the Clubs of SL deem it suitable for their purposes.
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