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The most interesting thing about that article is the amount of spin in it.

Most of those costs are the same or similar for all teams, pretty much all of it is capped, and the bulk of those expenses are covered/subsidised by the NRL and/or other relevant governing bodies anyway.

In other words with the exception of travel, which is significantly cheaper for Sydney teams than any of those outside of Sydney, their expenses are more or less the same as every other club. Which BTW is probably a bad thing because it's artificially enforced by the NRL to keep the weak teams competitive, but that's another discussion.

The big question about Penrith, which this article inadvertently highlights, is how have they managed to stop any of their best junior talent from being poached when all the other big juniors clubs have found it totally impossible in the NRL era.

The answer is almost certainly dumb luck or shenanigans, just like everything else that's gone Penrith's way in the last 5 or so years, but the fact that nobody at the NRL has gone to the effort to make sure everything is above board is one of the reasons why the RL is so screwed in this country.

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15 hours ago, rlno1 said:

Penrith may be going great, however districts closer to the city of Sydney are struggling. 

Penrith Panthers need to be the blue print for Rugby League worldwide.

Junior development, junior development and then more junior development

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13 hours ago, The Great Dane said:

The most interesting thing about that article is the amount of spin in it.

Some may say that the most interesting thing about your post, in fact all your posts, is the amount of spin in them.

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On 25/04/2022 at 04:45, The Great Dane said:

The most interesting thing about that article is the amount of spin in it.

Most of those costs are the same or similar for all teams, pretty much all of it is capped, and the bulk of those expenses are covered/subsidised by the NRL and/or other relevant governing bodies anyway.

In other words with the exception of travel, which is significantly cheaper for Sydney teams than any of those outside of Sydney, their expenses are more or less the same as every other club. Which BTW is probably a bad thing because it's artificially enforced by the NRL to keep the weak teams competitive, but that's another discussion.

The big question about Penrith, which this article inadvertently highlights, is how have they managed to stop any of their best junior talent from being poached when all the other big juniors clubs have found it totally impossible in the NRL era.

The answer is almost certainly dumb luck or shenanigans, just like everything else that's gone Penrith's way in the last 5 or so years, but the fact that nobody at the NRL has gone to the effort to make sure everything is above board is one of the reasons why the RL is so screwed in this country.

The only two explanations that you can think of for a successful organisation keeping its talented people is 'dumb luck or shenanigans'?

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"The history of the world is the history of the triumph of the heartless over the mindless." — Sir Humphrey Appleby.

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5 hours ago, Dunbar said:

The only two explanations that you can think of for a successful organisation keeping its talented people is 'dumb luck or shenanigans'?

I saw the same remark and thought it`s a shame because it just undermines the credibility of the rest of everything he writes.

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8 hours ago, The Rocket said:

I saw the same remark and thought it`s a shame because it just undermines the credibility of the rest of everything he writes.

Absolutely.  I thought the first couple of paragraphs were a fair assessment of the situation regarding caps and travel costs etc. and then it spun off into innuendo about how there must be some 'other' reason behind the Panthers ability to develop and keep talent.

"The history of the world is the history of the triumph of the heartless over the mindless." — Sir Humphrey Appleby.

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