I never said it was the best system they could use, simply that this system has proven (as per above) to be a very effective in allowing any club the ability to succeed or fail on their own terms.Colk wrote: ↑January 2, 2022, 3:16 pmI think it is a little simplistic to say that it is the best system that they can use. No other competition with the subject of parity at hand, uses just one mechanism, particularly if that mechanism has many faults. They generally use a draft in association with itBotman wrote: ↑January 2, 2022, 2:12 pmCompletely agreegreeneyed wrote: ↑January 2, 2022, 1:38 pm Maybe it's not all one thing or the other. I can't see anything wrong with Raiders fans wanting the NRL to treat their club fairly and equitably - and to pressure the NRL to eliminate policies that unreasonably disadvantage the club or favour others. Those Raiders fans can also want the club to be professionally run and coached.
It is my view that whilst not perfect, the nrl by and large has done a very good job in treating clubs, including our own, equitably and has provided a competition with a structure and rules that allows a club like ours the ability to compete and be as successful as any other.
The rest is up to us.
The biggest and richest clubs in this league, like the roosters and broncos, can end up with the spoon
The smallest and brokest clubs in the league, like the Cowboys and Sharks, can win premierships
This is a league where big and small clubs can win, and you can “buy” a premiership with astute work in free agency the way the roosters tend to do it
You can “build” a premiership with fantastic pathways and junior development like Penrith
You can do with a mix of both.
Most fans can go into a season thinking they can play finals footy, pretty much if not every club has at least one genuine star player their fan base can cling to and adore and who wouldn’t look out of place in the best side in the comp
Not many leagues in pro sports can lay claim to that. The nrl and it’s salary cap system isn’t perfect but it’s not standing in the way of any clubs success.
And again, you’ll find no bigger advocate for an NRL draft than me.