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Now tell me this doesn't reek of double standards!!!!

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by eagles2win, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

    +494 / 0
    Brisbane East/Cronulla/Melbourne arrangement
    A bold step is about to be taken by Melbourne Storm in its development program in 2011.

    Along with our Under-20s team that participates in the National Youth Competition, the Storm will, for the first time in club history, boast two further feeder teams across Victoria’s two northern neighbours.

    It’s without doubt an historic alliance. It’s also an exciting one for all clubs involved.

    Under the alliance, Storm will send contracted senior players not selected in the NRL squad on any given weekend to either Brisbane Easts, which play in the Queensland Cup, or Cronulla’s NSW Cup side.

    The end goal of the alliance is to fast-track the development of our non NRL players during times that are as competitive in professional sport as they are cut-throat.

    Storm views this alliance as one of mutual benefit to both Brisbane Easts and Cronulla – as well as their respective competitions.

    The Brisbane Easts link sees the Storm returning, albeit in a more reduced capacity, to the Queensland Cup.

    The Queensland Cup link has plenty of history – and success, when it comes to the Storm’s involvement.

    Look at some of the names of Storm players to have developed in that system when the Storm was tied to Brisbane Norths: Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Dallas Johnson. The list is almost endless.

    It’s without doubt a tough competition and a successful breeding ground for future NRL stars.

    But the Storm is constantly searching for ways to give something back to grassroots rugby league and in Brisbane Easts the club can.

    We want to develop a pathway for local juniors in the area – itself an incredibly strong breeding ground – to join our Melbourne products and form the next generation of NRL stars.

    It’s within reach for all of those within the highly impressive Easts junior development program if they are willing to combine their talent with the hard work Storm also demands.

    The Storm’s involvement with Cronulla, which will see the Sharks’ jersey include for the first time purple stripes and a Storm logo, extends our involvement in the NSW Cup.

    Having ended its association with Brisbane Norths in 2007, Storm introduced its own team into the NSW Cup, but one that was based on the Central Coast.

    That alliance ended at the end of 2009 when Storm decided to shift its feeder team to Melbourne. It was another historic moment in time but one that, in hindsight, was slightly premature.

    And while we hope to go down this path again in the future, for now, Storm is delighted to be extending its commitment to the NSW Cup through its partnership with Cronulla.

    With an Under-18s team firmly entrenched in their competition, this alliance will only assist the Storm in further developing its players, with the aim of continuing the production line of NRL talent.

    We look forward to working with both competitions and thank both Brisbane Easts and Cronulla on their professionalism and desire to make this alliance a successful one.

    Source: http://www.melbournestorm.com.au/default.aspx?s=nsw-cup

    Sorry Dan forgot to put under as an article
    Surely if the ARL / NSWRL allow Melbourne to forge this partnership with Brisbane Easts they should also be threaten with the big stick of not allowing their juniors to play in the SG Ball and Harold Matts

    ERNIE FOR NO7 Active Member

    +80 / 1
    It is not a double standard at all. It is the NSWRL that has stopped the Manly - Sunshine Coast feeder arrangement.

    The VRL obviously has no issue with the arrangement.
  3. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,097 / 13
  4. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +971 / 7
    The Sharks need all the help they can get. But Broncos and Storm can eat razor blades and die.
  5. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

    Mona Vale
    +4,719 / 96
    I can't see how this would help The Sharks. They may win more games but it's not their players winning the matches for them. All the Sharks are doing is giving match practice to an opposition club's players.
    Surely Sharks should worry about their contracted players and juniors.
  6. ayjay007

    ayjay007 Well-Known Member

    +83 / 0
    Doesn't matter what rules the purple scum break,the good ol' NRL will be there to help them out in some capacity-all in the name of developing the game.They can go insert their rectangular stadium where the sun don't shine!
  7. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

    +480 / 0
    sounds painful,i like it
  8. Rambofan

    Rambofan Member

    +12 / 0
    This whole thing with players playing for different clubs is crap.

    Please for the love of god,just give us back three grades every weekend and stop with all this other rubbish.If a player wants to play 1st grade then he makes his way up through the lower grades.If there are insufficient spots up for grabs,introduce a full 3 tier national comp with the introduction of the relegation method used by EPL.

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