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Post Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:14 pm
Posted by Fax4Life on Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:14 pm
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Surprised nobody has said owt on here about the disgusting decision to allow the Catalan Dragons to register this 'alleged' thug.

So this a club who play in the same competition as a team that could not sign him the other week but because they are in England and come under British visa rules its okay for a French team to take him on?
What a total shambles, what message does this send out?
I thought the guy should not even be considered to play over here anyway with his ban in Oz, but SL are so desparate they let anybody in and now even if he is banned by the British Authorities.

They will just allow anything for these expansion clubs won't they?
I should not be shocked by the decisions made by the RL authotities over here really should I?
Post Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:12 am
Posted by freddies wig on Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:12 am
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The decision is nothing to do with the RFL but the decision of the French government whose visa laws are different to ours. RFL are powerless to stop this due to EU work rules as well. However he can be turned away at british ports when he comes to play here. That seems unlikely when they let any tom dick and harry in!

I may be mistaken but if he plays a certain amount if time in France the goverment can't then stop him coming to play in Britain
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Post Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:06 am
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freddies wig wrote:
The decision is nothing to do with the RFL but the decision of the French government whose visa laws are different to ours. RFL are powerless to stop this due to EU work rules as well. However he can be turned away at british ports when he comes to play here. That seems unlikely when they let any tom dick and harry in!

I may be mistaken but if he plays a certain amount if time in France the goverment can't then stop him coming to play in Britain
Only if stops in France 3 years and the applies for French citizen ship.
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Post Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:27 am
Posted by Haighy on Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:27 am
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Remember we are a team who gave Dave Watson, Jamie Bloem and Sean Penkywicz second chances.

Paul Davidson was hardly an 'angel' off the pitch now was he?
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Post Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:52 am
Posted by Leon Ashton on Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:52 am
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Fax4Life wrote:
Surprised nobody has said owt on here about the disgusting decision to allow the Catalan Dragons to register this 'alleged' thug.

So this a club who play in the same competition as a team that could not sign him the other week but because they are in England and come under British visa rules its okay for a French team to take him on?
What a total shambles, what message does this send out?
I thought the guy should not even be considered to play over here anyway with his ban in Oz, but SL are so desparate they let anybody in and now even if he is banned by the British Authorities.

They will just allow anything for these expansion clubs won't they?
I should not be shocked by the decisions made by the RL authotities over here really should I?



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Post Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:05 am
Posted by marillion man on Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:05 am
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The simplest way around this and other problems with imported players is to likit each club to ONE. No fiddling of the rules, Catalans for example would have to have a squad full of French players plus one if they desire.
It's the only way we're going to compete with NZ and the Aussies in the future years, we don't even have the unification of GB now, we have four countries and all of those four home nations have foreign players in the most recent squads.
Clubs at all levels of the game would be a lot more choosey and detailed about which foreign players they can sign in. It would put an end to the SL pension fund to spent foreign players which has been going on for far too long.
At a recent under 14's match that I watched there were scouts who I am familiar with from the following clubs. Warrington, Bradford, Leeds, Salford, Hull. And Halifax were represented in some capacity. The clubs need to concentrate more on this line of recruitment than filling squads up with foreign Johnny, just look into the rules & regs about homegrown players for the next few years.
I've mentioned it loads of times on this messageboard but the clubs have to have some honesty & integrity about themselves, just think how many players have been refused visa's in this season alone, start to look on your own doorstep !!!! The SL clubs are in the best position of all, they have three seasons to develop their current youths at their clubs, they don't have to worry about meeting criteria such as winning cups, GF's etc etc, they have full time enviroments to work with their squads, not a rainy tuesday thursday & saturday morning with part time players on dog-dirt ridden council facilities.
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Post Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:08 am
Posted by Huddshay on Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:08 am
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Haighy wrote:
Remember we are a team who gave Dave Watson, Jamie Bloem and Sean Penkywicz second chances.

Paul Davidson was hardly an 'angel' off the pitch now was he?
The difference being these players were already resident here.
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Post Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:12 am
Posted by Tortured Soul on Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:12 am
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Huddshay wrote:
The difference being these players were already resident here.


I think he was replying to the 'thug' tag.
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Post Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:12 am
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Huddshay wrote:
The difference being these players were already resident here.


I'm not on about the residency, I'm on about Bird being an aparrent thug.
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Post Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:14 am
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Fax4Life wrote:
Surprised nobody has said owt on here about the disgusting decision to allow the Catalan Dragons to register this 'alleged' thug.

So this a club who play in the same competition as a team that could not sign him the other week but because they are in England and come under British visa rules its okay for a French team to take him on?
What a total shambles, what message does this send out?
I thought the guy should not even be considered to play over here anyway with his ban in Oz, but SL are so desparate they let anybody in and now even if he is banned by the British Authorities.

They will just allow anything for these expansion clubs won't they?
I should not be shocked by the decisions made by the RL authotities over here really should I?


Would you have the same sentiments about British players being refused visas by other countries?
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