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Post Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:47 pm
Posted by xparksider on Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:47 pm
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You only have to watch 'As good as it gets' to realise why we had problems in the team after the core moved on or retired.

Players like Peacock, Mcguire , Burrow, Sinfield, JJB, and yes, Bailey had grown up together, come through the academy and , in most cases, had only ever wanted to play for the Rhinos.

Most could have moved on for more money but, they weren't only playing for money, they were playing for love and pride and for their mates.

That's gone now and it will take a long time, if ever, for a similar group of players to come through the same route.

You can't coach love and pride. It's either there or not. If it's there, then you can harness it and profit from it's benefits, but, you can't even buy it.

Players who come from outside the club are professionals and, as such, will play for whoever is willing to hire them. I'm not saying they're not proud of the club and its heritage but it's not the same pride as someone who once was a 'southstander' .

We've been very lucky to support such a team over the past decade .
Now for a new start.
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Post Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:04 am
Posted by ryano on Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:04 am
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If that is to be a good as it gets then so be it. There isn't a team in the land that wouldn't trade places.
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Post Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:12 am
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The key here is to put in place where the cream of local talent are brought into the team through the academy, wean them on the successes of the previous academy graduates and challenge them to surpass them.

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Post Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:12 pm
Posted by MorePlaymakersNeeded on Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:12 pm
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The standard in SL is diminishing across the board. We made two finals this year after being in the middle eights in 2017, so it's not impossible for Leeds to be competitive in 2019 and do the same.
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Post Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:22 am
Posted by rollin thunder on Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:22 am
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MorePlaymakersNeeded wrote:
The standard in SL is diminishing across the board. We made two finals this year after being in the middle eights in 2017, so it's not impossible for Leeds to be competitive in 2019 and do the same.




we ave already done that and surpassed it, champs 2015 middle 8's 2016 champs 2017, middle 8s 2018, ? 2019. we will be up there abouts.
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Post Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:42 pm
Posted by sally cinnamon on Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:42 pm
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xparksider wrote:
You only have to watch 'As good as it gets' to realise why we had problems in the team after the core moved on or retired.

Players like Peacock, Mcguire , Burrow, Sinfield, JJB, and yes, Bailey had grown up together, come through the academy and , in most cases, had only ever wanted to play for the Rhinos.

Most could have moved on for more money but, they weren't only playing for money, they were playing for love and pride and for their mates.

That's gone now and it will take a long time, if ever, for a similar group of players to come through the same route.

You can't coach love and pride. It's either there or not. If it's there, then you can harness it and profit from it's benefits, but, you can't even buy it.

Players who come from outside the club are professionals and, as such, will play for whoever is willing to hire them. I'm not saying they're not proud of the club and its heritage but it's not the same pride as someone who once was a 'southstander' .

We've been very lucky to support such a team over the past decade .
Now for a new start.


There is a fair chance that in 30 or 40 years time that crop of players will still be spoken about as a once-in-a-generation group.

I remember growing up in Manchester in the 1990s. At Old Trafford, you had Scholes, Giggs, Beckham, Butt, Brown and the Nevilles in the football and in cricket you had Atherton, Crawley, Fairbrother, Lloyd, Watkinson, Hegg, Austin, Martin*. I thought sport was simple, you had clubs who gave their young players a chance, who won trophies, and clubs who tried to assemble players from outside, who didn't.

Two decades on and the Old Trafford clubs have produced occasionally decent players but nowhere near coming close to the talent that came through in 1990s.

I think the set up at Leeds is such that they will continue to have some success but I think that crop of elite Academy produced players forming the heart of a squad for 15 odd years was a one off.

[* honorary mention for the lads who went on to make it elsewhere - Robbie Savage and Ronnie Irani!]
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