Norths hate Manly and would rather be a feeder club the moree boomerangs than manly.
A lot of norths parents are from the old days and will not their sons play for manly. Florimo is also the president and he wouldn't have anything to do with manly.
I cant see norths ever being a feeder club for Manly in my lifetime.
And so the bitterness stems from the North Sydney side of things by the sounds of that.
I can't see why Manly wouldn't encourage something like a feeder club. By the sounds of it, it just might be the attitudes of the old Norths boys that are holding the sensible option back.
While I too hated Norths it would make perfect sense for us to be using them as a feeder club and not Souths, who have their own little area, which to fight the Roosters for with juniors.
Manly didn't fcuk Norths, Norths fcuked Norths and the sooner they can come to terms with that little fact the better....
Of course it makes sense to have a combined norths and manly junior sides. However just read the norths website from time to time and you will realise that there is still lot of animosity from norths supporters towards manly and with some people it will be with them until they die.
There are comments that some of their junior players are proud to wear the red and black and still consider manly to enemy. They openly state that they would rather their sons play for souths. melbourne etc than manly. I suppose it is that hatred that is part of what made the local derbies such great games.
You will recall that the juniors were in fact combined until 1947 when it was manly who decided to break up the partnership and start their own team.
Don't you think it is hipocritical for manly (or its supporters) to now want to merge their juniors again simply because it suits them? They didn't care about norths in 1947.