Leigh youngster Gregson slams Reserves system

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Leigh Centurions star Nick Gregson says the current Reserves system is a joke and that it should be compulsory for each team to have a second-string side.

The 22-year-old crossed Lancashire in the off-season, moving to Leigh from Wigan Warriors, where he came through the club’s famous Academy.

He found chances limited at the Warriors though and with no proper Reserves structure in place – he decided to join Championship side Leigh.

Gregson feels as though young talent is being neglected by not having second-string sides.

The England Academy international told loverugbyleague.com: “I had another year left (on my contract) at Wigan but I wasn’t playing much and it doesn’t help that the Reserves competition is a bit rubbish as well.

“I wanted to get regular playing time – I spoke to Jukesy (Neil Jukes) and it sounded like the right move at the right time so I hope I after pre-season, I can get some game time and stay injury free.

“It’s (the current Reserves system) a joke really. Hull and Warrington have got rid of their teams now but I’m not surprised because everyone needs to buy into it – there is only us, Wigan and a couple of others who will stick with it this year but it should be made compulsory for every team to have one.

“It’s a bit stupid really because it’s why a lot of lads fall away from the systems and fall through the cracks and end up not playing anymore. It should be compulsory.”

The back-rower revealed that he got offered the chance to sign a two-year deal with the Centurions but only decided to take a one-year contract because he wanted to make sure that he was at his best in order to earn a new deal for the 2019 season.

Gregson added: “I was given the option of a two-year contract here but I only took one-year because I want to make sure that I am working hard.

“I want a spot in the 17. I want to stay injury free and get a new contract through my performances.”

The promising youngster believes that Leigh have a good enough squad to get back into the Betfred Super League at the first time of asking.

He added: “There are a lot of good teams in the Championship. There is Toronto, London, Featherstone, Toulouse and a few more so it should be good.

“I think we’re a bit unknown to others really. We’ve got 20 new lads but a class bunch of players so not a lot of teams will not know what to expect from us. We all get on well and I’m excited for the season to start.”

3 Comments

  1. He may only be a young lad, but he’s absolutely spot on.
    Good luck to Nick.
    Everywhere I look, social media, rugby league press etc, the overwhelming consensus is that, it’s a no brainier!
    So if everyone is for a reserve team set up, who, is against it? Besides the ditherer’s in Red hall.
    Wake up RL get it sorted and a compulsory prerequisite of every professional team. I hear some blame costs, which Leigh, Halifax and keighley dismiss.
    If costs have anything to do with it, I suggest the next negotiating team from the RFL, get a backbone and get a TV deal that satisfies everyone.
    Championship clubs too.
    If kick n clap can get such a far superior deal for their mediocre product,. Then surety we can sell our superior product for a lot more than our mediocre deal.
    It would help offset any extra costs if super league expands to 14 clubs as expected and, help to set up reserve teams AND, look after our forgotten and neglected championships, who can hopefully negotiate their own TV deal if sky or whoever ignore them again.
    It would also enable us to re employ rugby league development teams up and down the country.
    Not asking too much is it?

  2. Super league should be 17 clubs with each club playing 8 home and 8 away matches after which the league splits into two, the top 8 and the remaining 9. Each club have a free week
    The two sections should then play each other once giving a total of 23 or 24 matches.
    At the end of the season the top 4 in each section play off as now and have a double header at Old Trafford

    • Maybe with Andy Burnham now in the front row’ of the organisation we may well see some good changes. He is rugby league mad, ( well, who wouldn’t be living in Leigh )as well as his beloved Everton footy. It certainly wants a shake up at the pointed end before we slide into the also – rans abyss.

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