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Just now, The Daddy said:

So are they rejoining League One?

 

4 minutes ago, Dave T said:

I don't know what that press article is saying. 

By the looks of it, no. Their Southern Conference League season ended with a 70-16 loss away to Valley Cougars, followed by them conceding two walkovers, so I would guess it's a perceived solution to that. How that makes them a victim of their own success, I do not know.

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12 minutes ago, Saint 1 said:

 

By the looks of it, no. Their Southern Conference League season ended with a 70-16 loss away to Valley Cougars, followed by them conceding two walkovers, so I would guess it's a perceived solution to that. How that makes them a victim of their own success, I do not know.

The implication in the release is that they have lost key players by not being semi-pro.  I have no idea if that is true.

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The 'blurb' on their website says their next game will be in 2022 in the Southern Conference League.

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40 minutes ago, Dave T said:

I don't know what that press article is saying. 

It's just word salad - I can't believe anyone would approve that to go out.

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2 minutes ago, Exiled Townie said:

The 'blurb' on their website says their next game will be in 2022 in the Southern Conference League.

Maybe the SCL is going Pro, it’s like 1895 all over again. 

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They are not rejoining League 1. Both them and Worcester have declared themselves semi pro despite not even finishing their seasons last year. I'm not even sure what the rules are about paying players in amateur leagues? Either way it surely is a huge waste of money 

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7 minutes ago, OriginalMrC said:

They are not rejoining League 1. Both them and Worcester have declared themselves semi pro despite not even finishing their seasons last year. I'm not even sure what the rules are about paying players in amateur leagues? Either way it surely is a huge waste of money 

Amateur sport as a definition no longer exists, I believe.

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11 minutes ago, OriginalMrC said:

They are not rejoining League 1. Both them and Worcester have declared themselves semi pro despite not even finishing their seasons last year. I'm not even sure what the rules are about paying players in amateur leagues? Either way it surely is a huge waste of money 

Here is Worcester’s statement https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1079964289478650&id=140450823430006&m_entstream_source=timeline

I think they have an academy too, the people running the club certainly mean business, good luck to them. 

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5 minutes ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

A League One South would be ideal for them 

No, that would be the worst possible thing for RL outside of the heartlands imho. The ambitious teams (Skolars, Cov, NWC etc) need to be testing themselves against quality opposition, not amateur come and go set ups. 

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4 minutes ago, Eddie said:

No, that would be the worst possible thing for RL outside of the heartlands imho. The ambitious teams (Skolars, Cov, NWC etc) need to be testing themselves against quality opposition, not amateur come and go set ups. 

North Wales Crusaders wouldn’t play in a League One South. West Wales Raiders maybe.

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7 minutes ago, Eddie said:

Ok but I meant aspiring semi pro clubs. 

I think a mix of the 2 would be good. A National Cup and National Playoffs alongside more localised fixtures in the league would be the best of both worlds for an involved.

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5 minutes ago, Wellsy4HullFC said:

I think a mix of the 2 would be good. A National Cup and National Playoffs alongside more localised fixtures in the league would be the best of both worlds for an involved.

Fair enough, as long as the better Southern teams got plenty of games against Heartlands teams. I don’t know what good it would go Coventry (for example) playing Swindon and Bedford most weeks, only to play a play off against Rochdale or whoever and a cup tie against Hunslet. 

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3 hours ago, Dunbar said:

The implication in the release is that they have lost key players by not being semi-pro.  I have no idea if that is true.

I know they had Josh Uren join WWR at some point over the summer (they've since announced his resigning to All Golds) but he's been to WWR in previous years anyway. I doubt there's been many beyond that tbh.

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2 hours ago, Eddie said:

Here is Worcester’s statement https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1079964289478650&id=140450823430006&m_entstream_source=timeline

I think they have an academy too, the people running the club certainly mean business, good luck to them. 

Hmmm not that I want to be that guy that looks like I'm against ambition but I would take statements like this with a pinch of salt. Worcester don't have an academy, they had a few youngsters who played a few games. They did quite well but they haven't kept it going. Their link up with the local college has also had a poor take up.

As for the first team they only played half a season before pulling out of the league. Before that they were getting hammered every week. They've also alienated a number of players by announcing they are going semi pro. Clubs with ambition need to build from the bottom up and grow before they can start paying players. I don't know how much money they have but I can't see how this is in any way sustainable. 

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2 hours ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

A League One South would be ideal for them 

Something everyone seems to be missing is that All Golds already have been in league 1. They spent a fortune and couldn't make it work. I don't see how it will be any different. 

They didn't finish their season in the Southern Conference last year and despite big statements haven't really built the club back up since dropping out of league one. I'm not trying to be critical but what's the point of them paying players in the Southern Conference? Wouldn't they be better building up a really strong structure round the club? 

As for the league 1 South idea its been debated plenty of times and is a non starter. Clubs in the South will only be proper part of the game if they are competing in a national structure. 

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