I have just read that John Bentley has been selected for the English RU
squad during next months match against Australia. I wonder wether Halifax
have had any say in this?. Sounds like Bentley will be away from League for
When Super League was set up, that great guru 'Uncle Mo' Lindsay said that
a long close was necessary because players needed lots of time to recharge
their batteries. What happens? Many of the best players instantly
decamped on fat contracts to RU clubs, some for good, others to return in
enfeebled condition, needing the first few weeks of the season to
reacclimatise themselves. Wigan suffered more than anybody, and serve the
***s right for being so greedy.
I hope that the clubs will stop players playing Union in the close season,
in their own best interests.
> > I have just read that John Bentley has been selected for the English RU
> > squad during next months match against Australia. I wonder wether Halifax
> > have had any say in this?. Sounds like Bentley will be away from League for
> > good now.
As a result, it may be that future off-season RL signings may be far
fewer as the realities of a professional sport sink in to not a few RU
clubs; certainly I think, the salaries on offer will probably be far
lower than they were last year, which may in turn lessen the number of
lads looking for a bit of off-season moonlighting.
However; I believe the situation won't go away. I can see that those
towards the end of the careers may use the chance to build up a nest egg
while they can, whilst youngsters may do it to get a start in life, and
for the experience. certainly a little lower down the ladder I can see
twelve month proffessionals, players that play for a "lower" RL club,
and a 4th division RU side...