How the NRL can help bush clubs

Rugby League Week - - News -

We all know many coun­try footy clubs are bleed­ing, but I’ve been ex­tremely en­cour­aged to hear that the CEO of the NRL is about to wave a magic wand and bring the bush back into the game.

Coun­try rugby league needs cash and I have a sug­ges­tion to help the ma­jor­ity of clubs sur­vive – and to mo­ti­vate young­sters to play the game: any NRL side that signs a young player from a bush club should pay a de­vel­op­ment fee of $10,000 to that team.

Take the case of a young bloke who be­gan his foot­ball in the un­der-sev­ens at Bathurst, then went onto play un­der-18s be­fore get­ting snapped up by Pen­rith. The Bathurst ju­nior club spent time and money to get the young­ster ready for big­ger things. So slap­ping a $10,000 “ap­pre­ci­a­tion fee” on NRL clubs would be a great in­cen­tive for coun­try clubs to con­tinue to groom play­ers for the big smoke.

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