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In the last two years Salford, Harlequins and Wakefield have all finished in the bottom four of the Superleague table. This indicates that thereís a losing culture these clubs and that something desperately needs to be done in order to improve standards at all three clubs. Whilst I have high hopes for Salford to vastly improve next year with Matt Parish and Sean Long taking up coaching duties, I can only despair and hope for miracles to happen at the other two basement clubs.
Either way it is in my humble opinion that we should put these three clubs under some special partnership because Iím fed up of the top clubs having a monopoly of the top resources in this league. What Iím talking about is the likes of Warrington, Wigan along with St Helens each partnering up with Salford, Harlequins and Wakefield. In this partnership the top teams will show the bottom teams how itís done and will hopefully share their resources.
For example Salford hasnít had the best of Academy productions lines and I think itíd be absolutely awesome if Wigan could come in and help them with that aspect. After all Wigan have, and continue to produce, an amazing stream of talent that come into Superleague to cement a first team place. A good academy production line is something new Salford coach Matt Parish does want to bring in and I feel that Wigan intervention will make such things happen.
Then we have Wakefield Trinity Wildcats who have had no chance of getting a new stadium despite intense fan pressure. Meanwhile St Helens are moving into their brand new stadium next year after successful campaigning. With St Helens support Wakefield could finally see there new stadium dreams come true. Iím sure the Saints fans would join Wakefield fans in mounting a big campaign to see a new stadium built if St Helens are involved with improving the circumstances at the West Yorkshire club. Rugby League fans are helpful like that and we need to exploit it more.
As always Iím scratching the surface when it comes to an idea like this. However, I think itíll work well and would improve standards all round instead of just at the top clubs.