Spot on.A draft system would work for players already in the system,eg Taupau etc.But as for young or players new to the system,that’s where it gets tricky.The NRL would have to restructure every competition,pathways system and junior leagues below the top level in the country for it to have any chance of working.Imagine a scenario that has Penrith spending millions on their junior comps and development to see their best young players go elsewhere.You’ll very quickly see Penrith not put any $$$ into development and that’ll be the same for all clubs that develop their own talent.The NRL would need to run and fund everything.AFL clubs basically don’t have juniors aside from a few having academies,all young players coming through have been developed by either their junior clubs or schools
The AFL did the dirty on Blacktown because of the AFL draft. Sent north from Melbourne the little Johnny Punters and their parents all complained the drive to Rooty Hill was too deflating and too far from the airport and Sydney CBD. So the Giants moved and ended up at Breakfast Point and all points east. Now they're planning home games at the SCG. All want the Roosters and Swans life.
Imagine the NRL having a draft and it sending a 17 year old kid from St Marys to Townsville or Auckland or Melbourne or Perth. Won't happen.