How the NRL can help bush clubs
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.