Botman wrote: ↑January 1, 2022, 9:31 pm
The salary cap is the ONLY reason a club like ours has even a chance to compete, and maybe even exist.
Go and check european soccer and let me know how clubs with our market share go when a salary cap doesnt exist.
Reality check, pal. If the NRL was run without a salary cap, and it was just dog eat dog, they'd have sold our damn license to the highest bidder 10 years ago. Hard to be competitve when you're the Perth **** Reds. What the salary cap does is provide is a baseline level of parity... and sure, other factors like life style, climate, beaches what-have-you matter, but the simple reality is, the only thing really holding this club back is itself.
There is absolutely nothing stopping us from being an excellently managed roster with excellent coaching. Can we attract the highest level talent alive? NO. But that just means we have to build and grow in differrent ways. There are many routes to success, it's not a one way street. The roosters and storm dont get to draw on a deep development system, anymore than we can draw on Free Agency. Every club has to walk their own line and make do with what they have.
Some do it better than most, we have to walk our line... if you want compensation because we are located in canberra and think somehow we should be given artificial (rather than natural) advantages to prop us up.. good luck, ill redirect your mail to the grave. You'll find it before we get legs up for being an underiable location.
So yes, by all means, shoot the salary cap into sun today and by 2025, we dont exist. The "consistency of teams both at the top and bottom" is a really simple way of saying which teams are run well and which arent. Wanna guess were we've stood generally speaking?
The broncos were a consitent top team when they were well managed, and they have as many advantages as any in the league... once they were poorly managed and poorly coached, nothing could stop them from being the worst team in the league
the bulldogs have all the advantages of any sydney team... doenst matter, they havent had anyone who knows what they're doing in years, they stink
Penrith draw on the best nursary in the world for RL talent, and until they found proper management and coaching they did nothing.
Parra have the second best by virtue of local, and they cant figure it the **** out because of mismanagement and bad coaching
The roosters have the smallest junior distrcit of any club and were a laughing stock for years, suddenly with good coaching and good management, they're a juggernaut
Melbourne have absolutely nothing, the game is STILL, after all this success, after all these years, an after thought in an AFL dominated state, there is no real domestic competition to draw from.
The knights and Manly have prestine beaches, the Dragons and Sharks are sitting on amazing locations...
Souths are 3 minutes bus ride away from the roosters and were a barren wasteland of success until...
None of it matters,
The ONLY consistent theme for good teams is:
- Good management
- Good coaching
that's all you need. We had that too! And were some unlucky bounces of the ball and brain fart away from maybe a title. Evidently we probably lucked into that, but ultimately we are responsible for our own success or failure.
the salary cap is not our issue, it's the reason we've survived this long
We are our issue.