General Warriors Premiere League Team

MiXmasterreece_old

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I know this has been brought up a million times before but I just dont think we can igonre the problem any longer. I think its a very logical conclusion to draw that the warriors are never going to be consistently competitive in t he NRL without a premiere league team.

Yes Ive heard its too expensive but it needs to be viewed as an investment not a expense. A premiere League team in theory would create a stronger pool of players, giving our juniors a taste of the speed of the NRL, this in theory will boost the performance of our NRL team. This in turn means more bums in seats, more merchandise sales, more advertising, more sponsorships.... in conclusion more $$$$$

Dont get me wrong the Bartercard is a great breeding ground for NRL teams to come over and poach our talent, but its not a great environment for plucking players out to fill in for the Warriors when injuries strike, pulling a player out of a premiere League team would be different.

It may also prove to be a good way of retaining youngsters. At the moment I just dont think there is a light at the end of the tunnel for our juniors in the NRL. I think putting these guys in the premiere league gives them a taste of NRL footy and gives them something to work toward.

Why do players who have played Bartercard cup seems to dissapear and then re emerge over in the NRL years later as superstars? Its coz they got the crap outta Bartercard, started playing in competitions like the Premiere League and gradually progressed into the NRL. This seems to be the best way of breeding superstars, not plucking them from Bartercard and shoving them straight into the NRL, which at the moment is the Warriors only option.

To be honest the Newtown Jets would probably put 30 points on their opposition on a weekly basis in Bartercard.

It would seem to me at the moment that the very motivated Kiwi juniors see the greatest opportunity to advance their league career lies in Australia, the ones who stay here seem to be the ones who are more worried about moving away from their families and are more happy with the status quo. It doesnt seem to me to be a good look that its our best and brightest who leave our systems, it should be our cast offs and players we do not view having a future in the game.

If the cost of airfares are the problem then base them in Aus, build a strong Warriors Premiere League team brand, give them a snappy name, design and sell some jerseys. These are strong minded succesful businessmen running our club, Im sure they can think of a way to get round this or have the vision to see the benefits in getting something like this up and running.

Once again I think that the Bartercard is an important part of NZ league but we need to be using it as feeder to a Warriors Premiere League squad not the Warriors first grade squad
 

MarkW_old

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I doubt there would be any Warriors supporter who would be against the idea of a reserve grade team playing in Oz.

I'm pretty sure management have had this issue on the table on numerous occassions too.

As far as flights are concerned - how about getting sponsorship from an airline company, there are more trans-tasman options these days as well .. AirNZ, Qantas, Freedom Air .. even Emirates (they have loads of cash :p)

Having a premier team may also help get people along to homa matches. I used to love watching the next tier Warriors play - seeing who's on/off form from the top squad, and also getting to see rookies come up through the ranks.
 

Mo_old

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I would love to see the Warriors with a Reserve Grade side as I think it would be excellent for building depth.

My understanding is that the Warriors are not the only NRL club that does not have a Reserve Grade side - not sure whether the other clubs without one are trying to push for one or not.

Cost is certainly an important issue but with appropriate sponsorship I think it could be affordable.
 

KeepingTheFaith_old

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Premier League is for the Sydney clubs. Nth Queensland, Brisbane, Melbourne, and the Titans all have QLD cup affiliations. I'm unsure about what Canberra and Newcastle have. They may be included in the Premier league due to not requiring airlines to get to games like the rest.

I'd love to see it back to the good old days where every team had a first grade and a reserve grade team.
 

sebastian_old

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Merge with north sydney or even central coast jersy flegg, they SUCK and we can HELP.
Set up our base in their grounds therefore no costs to us, & the majoraty of players would stay in their affilatied area & only when we need a player for first grade would they travel to nz. The only downside to this would be that the side would never play in nz, small price to pay for success.
 

JonB_old

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I remember one year our reserve grade came first and we didn't even make the eight. Are you sure it works?
 

sebastian_old

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The reason it it didn't work is they kept all there players, without letting us bring at least a quarter- half of our best bartercup players. Therefore not giving our home grown a chance to play top flight footy.
 

JonB_old

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Excellent. So it can be effective rather than it is effective.
It was in John Monnies 'era' wasn't it?
 

sebastian_old

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A reason it might not have given us help to obtain a top eight spot is that the newtown was not our preimer league team for long enough therefore not giving the kids a proper chance to be noticed, acknowedged, signed & trained.
A few years is not enough for a successfull coalition, which was probally too one sided on the australian part. I don't think we had enough say or kiwi's in that team.
 

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