The SMH has the tangled tale how the Canberra Raiders’ youth squad are being spared development into professional footballers (fast coming even with sex workers for what parents don’t want their kids to grow up and become) by bickering between the NSW Rugby League and the Canberra Raiders over their Queensland development track.
In a decision that has left Raiders chief Don Furner fuming, the NSWRL last week barred Canberra juniors from playing in next year’s Harold Matthews and SG Ball competitions. They did so because of the Raiders’ reluctance to take part in an exclusive joint venture with St George Illawarra to send their players to Shellharbour in the NSW Cup.
The Raiders had insisted on sending a portion of their playing talent to Souths Logan in the Queensland Cup but the NSWRL, which does not want to be seen to be propping up a Queensland competition, rejected that proposal. And because of a recent move to ban any club’s players from the junior competitions if there is no representation in the NSW Cup, up to 60 young Raiders have been left stranded.
With a bit of luck the young’uns will now become excellent human beings instead of excellent footballers, but they’re already a long way along the path to the dark side.