I couldn't agree with you more.The AFL have used a much better roots development systems across the country than the league for decades now. Even as a kid growing up in Sydney in the 80’s there were local kids AFL competitions. I doubt even today that the league has local junior competitions across all states. From what I understand we are miles behind in this department.
The game is just about dead out here in the country, not that the nrl care. In Junee Laurie Daley is fighting hard to keep our senior sides alive, like most towns we have good junior numbers but the kids bail out as teenagers.
They have decided bush footy doesnt matter and as long as the nursery of islander kids keeps coming through the metro areas they will be OK. Newsflash - the next generation Laurie Daley's or Peter Sterling's will never be seen on a footy field.
If they dont save the "breeding grounds" there will be point have 20 NRL teams.