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“Hopefully this means we can get a first pick of the talent” – how social media reacted to the news that five clubs will not be given academy licences

When the news broke that Bradford, Castleford, Hull KR, Leigh and Salford had been unsuccessful in gaining or maintaining an academy license, the rugby league fraternity was bitterly disappointed. Here is how just some people reacted on Twitter.

One user pointed to the idea that this would diminish the amount of stars produced not increase it.

Another pointed to the amount of players that have come through one club’s – Bradford – ranks.

One Twitter user highlighted how those teams who no longer have an academy will suffer.

That said there were those who believed the decision was a good one as it may prompt clubs to improve their academies and raise the standard of the game.

Meanwhile, another fan simply enjoyed the inconsistent and contradictory arguments of angry fans.

Another Twitter user said it was a “sad day for Hull Kingston Rovers”.

A certain Featherstone Rover and former Castleford Tiger also waded in to the debate.

A current Castleford Tiger was baffled by the decision too.

That view seemed to be the consensus.

Another rugby league fan cited the lack of players already in the game and how this decision would not help.

One follower felt very strongly on the matter.

One pointed to the hardships that kids would now go through.

Another called for each Super League side to have an academy.

Another echoed that sentiment.

One Twitter user believed that if a club can run an academy it should be able to.

One Wakefield fan was hoping that the news would enable them to get the best players in the Wakefield area instead of competing with Castleford!

Someone did, however, point to the clubs’ fault in being rejected for a license.

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