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Phil Clarke wonders if going back to a 'part-time' scenario would benefit both rugby league and the players
Throughout the late 80s and early 90s the game of rugby league in this country was dominated by the most powerful team perhaps ever seen over here.Back to story
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Andrew Morris says...
RL needs to move with the times, and look at larger corporate sponsors and investors, too long have they languished with the history and been faithful when this isn't reciprocated. Football has started to make the changes for the future and unless RL wants to become a distant memory it needs to take note; and / or linking up with college's and university's to offer courses tailored in business management, marketing, finance et al. These can then be utilised while training and playing within some role in the club and upon retirement taken up on a full time basis. Burnley Football Club is a good example of this, linking up with the local college and offering courses to students in the youth team, keeping local talent and attracting one's from further afield. Players need to have something to fall back on at any stage, as with all sport, the necessity to earn vast amounts of money in a short playing career is seen as necessity. RL is loosing sponsors and players left, right and centre and needs to become a comercially viable market to be able to perform.
Posted 15:00 9th May 2013
Jeff Rolland says...
Call me an old cynic, but is this preparing us for the inevitable? Super League hasn't got a sponsor, a number of its clubs are having financial problems, its London franchise is in retreat and its major broadcast partner seems to be losing interest in favour of picking up a pretty meaningless rugby union tournament. And the consequences of going into a part-time environment? Firstly, even less chance of beating the Aussies than we have now. Secondly, the player drain to the NRL and rugby union becomes a mass exodus. Fittingly, the picture of Andy Farrell accompanying the article shows him in a Saracens jersey.
Posted 19:46 2nd May 2013
Mark James says...
In the American football players play in college teams for 4 years were they develop thier game and get an education at the same time. Maybe the RFL and Superleague clubs should look at some kind of patnership with colleges and universities were young players can have an education so the have careers to go into when they retire or fail to make the grade as Rugbyleague players.
Posted 13:12 1st May 2013
Paul Thwaites says...
Phil I can't see what point you are trying to make. If players are allowed to have jobs, which you state they are then it is simply a matter of needs must as the devil drives. If a player needs money then they should have a part time job. If they feel they don't then they simply shouldn't get one. I suppose a complication comes if the job is an overly physical one, hindering their playing abilities come match day. As a bit of light fun here are some of the part-time jobs I can see some of the superleague players doing: Jamie Peacock: Traffic Warden (who would argue with him) Danny Maguire: Politician (the best side stepper ever) James Roby: Hooker (he wouldn't get much though) James Graham: Traffic Light (stuck on amber) Paul Wellens: Snooker referee (always picks up the balls) Steve Menzies: Help the Aged Patron Jonny Lomax: Childcare Salesman (good at selling dummies) Barry & Terry: The back and front of a pantomime horse (not decided who is back or front yet. Lets see how they do on their predictions) Stevo: Politically Correct Amabassador Eddie: Dinnerlady Hope you enjoy!
Posted 00:02 1st May 2013
Paul Smith says...
Refs could go part time cos going full time has not improved them at all and with the saving in wages maybe that way we could try 2 refs in the middle
Posted 20:25 30th April 2013
Lee Kelly says...
WOW phil clark carrys massive weight with his opinions and thoughts in RL. This latest article is shocking another nail in RL coffin, And whats more worrying he is dead right. Sorry to say it but rugby league in UK is in massive trouble with only a handful of quality games shown on sky and big stars leaving for oz and union i I cant see a turning point the game is withering away.
Posted 20:23 30th April 2013
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