Rugby league agent fears consequences from Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions’ signing race

Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions are battling for a Super League spot at the end of the 2022 Championship season.

Both have spent heavily in the past year in a bid to earn that place in the top flight with the likes of Mark Kheirallah joining Featherstone and Blake Ferguson signing for Leigh, whilst Lachlan Lam – Leigh head coach Adrian Lam’s son – joined the Centurions yesterday from the Sydney Roosters.

For the leading player agent in the UK – Show Me The Money – Craig Harrison, he is not a fan of the big spending as it hurts his own players’ development as well as labelling it a mere ‘quick fix’.

“We’ve got young lads there and that will affect the likes of Luis Roberts and Morgan Smith,” Harrison told The Full Eighty Minutes.

“I wish they would carry on an develop their own, I’m not into a quick fix – I learnt my lesson years ago and it doesn’t work.”

Harrison also believes that, at the moment, rugby league is not winning in the race to the top of the Championship.

“One club is going to be overjoyed and the other will be like Bradford in that play-off game when they walked off knowing that some bodies would not be there and having to start again.

“They will bring in the next load of Australians and start again – if it becomes a fest between those two then there will be a loser and a winner and rugby league needs to win.”

Featherstone and Leigh will go head to head in what promises to be an incredible clash at the Summer Bash next weekend, but Rovers will have to go some to claw the three-point deficit back from Adrian Lam’s men.

Meanwhile, Rovers are also having to contend with the likes of Halifax Panthers and Batley Bulldogs breathing down their necks in the race to the play-offs.

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16 days ago

Every Championship club wants to play in the Super League, non more than the club I have supported since the Fulham first match! in fact, we were unlucky to be relegated as we were!

But this season has seen The Championship go Crazy! and especially 2 or? 3 Clubs, signing that many players, having on tap so many players on loan from Super League Clubs, that is not a level playing field, and has brought The RFL to look like a joke, with no control.

The RFL must bring in stronger rules on loans, and player spending in The Championship, and do it quickly, I feel for young players at these 2 clubs, what do they feel, when they do not get their chance? and young players are brought in from local Super League Clubs, if it is stopped, why should young players join some Championship teams any longer.