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Gould: Open age second-grade beats elite youth teams in development

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Phil Gould has written this interesting piece in the Sydney Morning Herald to urge changes to the current National Youth Competition arrangements.

As the Australian Rugby League Commission has asked Jim Doyle to carry out a study into development pathways, Gould contests the belief by some that an accomplished NYC player is ready for the NRL – he thinks that’s when they should be moved to a NSW or Qld Cup team – and highlights several other problems:

  • Players and agents are demanding more money – prematurely and increasing player development costs
  • Some NYC players are being included in NRL squads’ salary caps to prevent poaching – straining the rest of the squad and the cap
  • The NSW Cup and Qld Cup competitions aren’t as prominent as they should be

Gould says, “I love the NYC. I am a big fan. But I also know the second-tier, reserve-grade level of development is vastly more important”.

As well as helping provide player pathways to first grade, the New South Wales and Queensland Cup competitions give the game an opportunity to include clubs and areas that aren’t able to support a top tier side – and those that are waiting for their chance.

Dual registration

In the UK, the dual registration system and the changes made to academy competitions have their criticisms. As Gould says in his article, it will be interesting to see what former NZRL boss Jim Doyle’s findings are.

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