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Re: an idea or answer o our problem

Post Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:41 am
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Nice idea, but here is my take...
It doesn't have to be either/or. We can do both (as funds allow)
If we don't have an academy it relies on...
We can spot players that other teams are prepared to release.
We can beat "competition" to,their signature including their current club.
Bringing in players to learn Leigh's way of playing is hard. Better to develop them from young. E.g Ryan Hampshire prefers half back- but it's seen as a gamble to do that - had he been at the club since 16, it would be an option for us)
Leigh is a hotbed of talent - the academy would show young players a way to become a pro if that's what they want.
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Re: an idea or answer o our problem

Post Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:25 pm
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Do Leigh not have a scout? I can see your way of thinking which is logical. Just not to sure who would get second dabs on them.If the academy at lets say Wire is so good,then why are they handing out contracts to young Union wingers..
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Re: an idea or answer o our problem

Post Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:06 pm
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Thats a 2015 Super League Academy Accreditation..I would say the game is going backwards based on that. Hence no 2016 assessments.
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Re: an idea or answer o our problem

Post Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:47 pm
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Would that be the same team that carries success! Success being the key word.How do you entice players other than money,to a club in SL. Lots of bridges,communication and pathways still to built before we are a Super League club. First port of call,is staying in it.
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Re: an idea or answer o our problem

Post Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:56 pm
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mr. chairman wrote:
well i took your advice regarding my eyes and mr gill said they are perfect would you like me to book you in bingo your right it was wigan ask me how long it took them to get to that level while we were dismantling our own . i know i was there , where was you


It wasn't my advice Mr C..Look again..I was sat in Championship watching it happen.
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Re: an idea or answer o our problem

Post Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:18 pm
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mr. chairman wrote:
watching what happen


Clubs that shouldn't have been in SL to start with.Reserve sides being abolished,community clubs feeding others.Yes the opportunity was there many years ago to build at Hilton Park but others had more interest in taking their investments back.
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Re: an idea or answer o our problem

Post Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:38 pm
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mr. chairman wrote:
i don't know who you mean it was started at hilton park but got scrapped it got started at lsv but got scrapped we can only blame ourselves not other clubs we showed them that it could work but they turned their backs on us now who these people were i don't know or i did and can't remember if they took money out of leigh so that's the way to do it is it build a super league side then the academy which one supports the other . in the building trade we build on solid foundations not sand


As you say Mr C..To build the foundations will take a number of years,not convinced the pool of youth being fed to these established academies is proof of a pathway.Or even if there is enough youth in the game to feed to them to start with.

One thing I do know,we need depth to survive in SL and we don't have it.
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Re: an idea or answer o our problem

Post Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:43 pm
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Yup, A, Bongser agrees. When he was a lad, he and many others dreamt of playing for their hometown club. Not so now. If Leigh stay up, do the marketing, training in local schools perhaps we can tempt them away from the PS4, X-Box or whatever and onto the playing fields of England, more specifically of Leythe.

Another factor is the silly money in Premier League football and even big bash cricket. Virtually no-one makes it there (looking at the numbers involved) but we need to get back to having kids idolize the other kids from their school that get signed up. That creates, not just potential first teamers, but more bums on seats. Double win.

Re: an idea or answer o our problem

Post Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:13 pm
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How many new youngsters are joining each year Mr C..Are the figures declining?
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Post Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:28 pm
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To fair you would expect them to fall away at 15,16.Often big decisions to be made at that age.With very limited pathways to further their sporting career in RL.What age group do Super League academies start from?
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