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Big four fight for integrity

LEIGH Centurions are one of four clubs fighting for the integrity of the Kingstone Press Championship after an influx of established Super League stars have been parachuted into the league while on the comeback trail from their clubs.

Questions have been asked and a memorandum has been signed by Leigh, Featherstone, Sheffield and Halifax stating how the Championship should adapt the dual contract system.

“From my point of view I think the way the dual registrations stood last year was good,” Centurions boss Paul Rowley said.

“I think it is good as long as it is providing a pathway for youngsters. I'm not against the system, I’m against the morals and the way it's being used.

“It’s not the system that irks me, it’s the morality of it all, the integrity of it. Therefore the standing of ‘the big four’ as it’s been termed is to protect the integrity of the Championship.

“If everyone agreed to those rules, then the ‘dual’ would be a good system.

“There is a simple question and that’s for the clubs who have bought into it very heavily, whose moral standings were questioned, if you took away their partnership at this moment in time would they be able to continue to field a strong team and fulfil their fixtures?

“If it was taken away would they run smoothly or would it be catastrophic to their continuing existence?

“What the big four are trying to put in place is protection for our own game at Championship level and for our individual clubs. It is protecting our product and I think there are too many things at the moment that are trying to suppress what we do.

“I’m not the biggest fan of taking the Northern Rail Cup Final from Blackpool. I think the RFL should fund it, they fund Wembley, they fund training camps for England, why not fund our day out in the sun? It’s our special day, it makes it an occasion for the players.”

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