Mailbox: Rejected academies provided dual-reg and loan opportunities

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Hi James,

Although it’s great and should be celebrated that Newcastle and London have both been granted elite status regarding their academies. I can’t quite understand the rationale regarding not awarding Bradford, Hull KR or Castleford. One of Ralph Rimmer’s criteria given was the playing pool that their academy provide.

Bradford produce and have done for years a lot of talent and much of which is still going some in the NRL, some into their own club and area.

Regarding Castleford and Hull KR I personally believe Ralph should look at his own competitions he has responsibilities for with the Championship and League 1 over the years if you agree with it or not with Dual Reg then later the new Loan system. Cas and KR have filled that system with players giving them first team playing action at young ages. I personally feel this is a big let down and poor management again hopefully someone see sense.

Stuart Morris

Editor’s comment: We’ve certainly not heard the last of this academy debate, and it promises to be a time consuming and potentially costly issue for the sport in the coming months. Why rugby league continues to pick battles with itself remains a mystery. I found comparisons to football and rugby union futile – they are sports that are light years ahead of rugby league in terms of finance, participation and reach. Rugby league is simply weakening itself by diluting its strongest elements.

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1 Comment

  1. Look at the issue with George Williams, Wigan can take him back and he costs them less under their salary cap, but a similar situation with a Hull KR player would be denied. If you’re going to have these academies why do Wigan, Leigh, St Helens all need one each, they’re geographically close to one another, why not make the Hull one for both clubs, Wakefield and Castleford could have one, Leeds and Bradford, have the one academy, but maybe field multiple teams if the player roster justifies it. But the utter dogs breakfast the RFL have dreamed up is useless and actively discriminates against certain clubs!

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