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  1. Not many more terrifying things for a Leeds fan than one of these popping into the inbox. On this occasion it's a pep talk about what a great weekend the club just had and did you see our exciting news earlier?

    One win will do that for a club.


  2. Alas there was no reflection on this from Wigan when slagging off his previous clubs when they signed him.


    Anyway, assuming this is true I'm ok with Leeds taking him on to the end of the season - but would not be getting him in on anything more than that. He's not someone we can or should be building a team around.

    No doubt Hardaker, depending on how his relationship with Mcdermott is nowadays, is eying Fev in Super League for 2023 if it happens. So a 2022-only deal should suit both parties.

  3. 4 hours ago, JohnM said:

    It strikes me that maybe Wigan have just got fed up of being Zaks personal support network, absorbing just too much management time

    But what about the duty of care Wigan said they were most interested in and how they would help this troubled young man with his issues? Unlike his careless and care less previous clubs?

    How can such a wholesome club ever use "your problems are taking up too much of our time" as a reason for withdrawing their support?

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  4. 11 minutes ago, daz39 said:

    From my quick calculations, those 3 teams have lost about 4,000 fans between them since 2019, quite strange conisdering every other club has slightly increased or stayed more or less the same, is it a case of some glory hunters haven't been able to go so have just stopped bothering or is it more long term, hardcore fans who have gone AWOL?

    It's a set of circumstances specific to each club, as ever, just as for the clubs heading the other way. That doesn't suit people who like a grand narrative version of history but it's just the way it is.

    Leeds' reasons are obvious; Wigan have been in long-term decline since, off field, they stopped having a decently functioning marketing team and, on-field, started playing the least exciting form of football. Warrington fans would be able to explain what's happening there better than I am but I'd expect it to be some combination of years of Pryce-ball, a failure to make the hoped-for breakthrough and perhaps a sense of drift from club leadership.

  5. 3 hours ago, Big Picture said:

    The problem is that in the UK RL is a small time regional game with almost all its pro clubs based in what Sean McGuire called "smallish economically disadvantaged towns. 


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  6. 2 minutes ago, stevecl said:

    It’s got nothing to do with which code you support so why does it always come down to a “my code is better than your code” pi**ing contest. 

    Ex players from both sides of the divide are taking actions against their respective governing bodies and all of them are going to need help and understanding in years to come. I’m not 100% convinced this should come at the cost of those governing bodies being bankrupted in court but it is the litigious world we live in. 

    You're missing the point.

    Rugby League probably features on ITV news less once a year and every single story is negative.

  7. 13 minutes ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

    Huddersfield brought a reasonable following with them too, I doubt Hull kr will match them for numbers at our next home game. The fact we still got more for Toulouse highlights the Thursday night effect, I appreciate sky put a lot of money into the sport so Thursday night games are necessary, but Leeds have had more than their fair share of this season.

    The Huddersfield game wasn't on Sky. It was a Thursday night because it was Easter weekend; it was effectively a Friday night in all but name.

  8. 5 hours ago, Chris22 said:

    I can't think of which Yorkshire clubs would take him.

    Castleford, almost certainly no after his departure. Leeds, potentially out of desparation but bridges realistically burned.

    Officially, Hardaker's departure from Leeds was amicable. Now that's maybe not the reality but it wasn't as openly acrimonious as the Cas or Wigan exits.

  9. 3 hours ago, meast said:

    While they're at it, could they not get the woman who PA announcer at Headingley for womens finals day to replace that horrible, shrieky bloke who usually does it?

    Nope. He's the best in the business - the RFL (and Leeds) are lucky he was in RL first so still prioritises it over other sports.

  10. On 18/04/2022 at 00:23, John Drake said:

    That thing where you watch something on the telly and really enjoy it, then go online afterwards to discover a bunch of other people moaning about how ###### it was.

    People who can't even compose an interesting tweet sitting in judgement on the professional writing of 45 minutes of modern television.

    That's my experience of any new episode of Doctor Who nowadays.

    It goes without saying that I will always enjoy a new episode of Doctor Who.

    I sit down to watch it with that as my intention. Always have, always will. There isn't a single episode that I have seen, from the original series through to the modern day one, that doesn't have something to recommend it, in my view. That's why it is my favourite show.

    It doesn't mean every episode is a stone cold classic, or that there aren't some I rewatch more than others, or that Genesis of the Daleks is on a par with Time and the Rani. But I genuinely appreciate every actor who has played the part, every writer who has written for it and every part of the production team that has put it on screen.

    I feel sorry for those who watch something they claim to love, and then spend all their time pulling it to bits.

    If the internet had existed in 1963. Doctor Who wouldn't have lasted longer than its original 13 episode run.

    "Yeah, I liked the first one, quite good, but then three weeks of stone age men wittering on about fire and the lead actors fluffing their lines, no thanks, boring and amateurish, I gave up on it, the test card would be more thrilling..."

    Meanwhile, nearly SIXTY (count 'em) years later, Doctor Who is still on air, still pushing boundaries, still throwing out glorious little surprises to those who have stuck with it, such as the trailer at the end of the latest episode heralding the return of two much loved characters (no spoilers) in the regeneration special marking the Beeb's 100th birthday later this year.

    I can't wait to see what happens next!

    The episode was fine and the ending was absolutely ace 😛

    And a gold star for "no ship Sherlock".

    But it can't be above criticism: and it's the same things we see repeated:

    John Bishop is wooden and unengaging, as I've felt since the very start. I have to fast forward through half his scenes, especially the ones where the emotional music starts as I know they will make me cringe.

    Endless complicated exposition stuck in the mouth of the Doctor. I know it's always been a thing but it could be done a little bit artfully.

    Can we just lose the sonic screwdriver to technical failure for a series or two? Constant use as an instant and lazy solution to the Doctor being in a tricky situation is just annoying.


  11. 30 minutes ago, Chrispmartha said:

    A lot of fans keep saying they wanted a big coaching name - when was the last time a successful current NRL head coach came over to coach a Super League club?

    Well it doesn't happen any more so it's hard to say. But the ex-NRL coaches who have come over have underwhelmed - Royce Simmons and Daniel Anderson did OK I suppose. Beyond that you're reaching back to Monie, Graham Murray, Brian Smith and Lowe for people who really excelled.

  12. 36 minutes ago, Hull Kingston Bronco said:

    You’re ignoring the impact of the NRLs version of dual reg. I’ll say it again, I think Redcliffe Dolphins would beat Wakefield Trinity 9 times out of 10, just by way of one random match-up.

    Yes, all NRL players from the parent club's top 30 squad are excluded from the cap which does skew things a bit, although Norths won without any NRL players in the Grand Final team last year.

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