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Brian Carney identifies rugby league’s real problem that needs addressing

There is often a debate about what a sport like rugby league needs to do to bring more fans in and thrive in the way the on field product suggests that it should.

Well to England wheelchair star Seb Bechara the answer is simple: make players like Jack Welsby into superstars.

“Some young lads are too goo when they are young that it gets to their heads but not Jack Welsby,” he said on Sky Sports.

“The games owes it to him to make him a superstar. He is a superstar.”

This was echoed by Hull FC coach Tony Smith who said it needs to be done wider and start at a grassroots level.

He said:

“And some others. We have to help them become superstars. I hear it a lot that we haven’t got enough superstars, then invest in them. Invest in the grassroots. Produce them and promote them.”

Brian Carney believes this is the case too revealing rugby league’s big problem to be that people in the country don’t know who Jack Welsby and George Williams are:

“We have Jack Welsby and George Williams but they need more promotion. People don’t know them in the country.”

Smith believes though the responsibility is with clubs going forward:

“We need them more. We all have a responsibilities to produce more players.”

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