19th October 2019, 10:57
BOD STATEMENT - Reserve Grade 2020
Having recently taken over the running of the club, the current Board of Directors have undertaken a root to branch examination of all aspects of the Club. We have left no stone unturned and are in the process of changing many things, all for the benefit and financial security of the business.
It is therefore with some disappointment and regret that, as a result of further in depth analysis and changes, we are announcing that we will not be running a Reserve Grade team for the 2020 season. This has not been an easy decision to reach especially having been granted a place in the new set up.
The reasoning behind this decision is as follows: -
- We have calculated, as best we can, what the additional costs of running the Reserve Grade team will be over the next year. This has included the vastly increased costings for salaries, doctors and physio costs, transportation costs and additional ground costs to name but just a few. To be candid our recently amended business plan and forecast shows we are not in a financial position to commit to these additional costs and with no additional funding from the RFL to help run the Reserves, we are not prepared to place the club’s future in jeopardy.
- Recruitment is also proving to be a major issue this year. Now that all Super League clubs are also in the competition, the smaller playing pool of experienced players at this level means we are attracting inexperienced amateur players and, as keen as they are, they are unfortunately not up to the required quality to compete at the level at which this competition is going to be played.
- Following on from the last point and directly linked with it are our concerns over player welfare. Were we to go ahead, we could find 16 year old amateurs coming up against professional Super League players coming back from injury. This is not something we feel we can allow to happen for the sake of these young players’ health and welfare.
- As a result of the extended competition we are also having retention issues around last year’s squad. You cannot blame a player wanting to play for better money at a Super League Club.
We trust you will appreciate our predicament and accept our decision not to continue into next year’s competition.
Martin Gonzalez and Steve Greenwood, our valued Reserve Coaches, will both still have major roles within the Club.