Michael Lynagh (62)
Have to say I am more than a little bit concerned with the removal of the Stars and the realignment of Souths to the Rays side.
I have a feeling that with these changes, the Rams will struggle big time to put a competitive side on the field (especially if Eastwood also decide to go North), and after a few years of perhaps struggling at the basement end of the ladder the temptation will be there to remove them also.
Alternatively, if most of the displaced Stars' players elect to go to the Rams, then NSW Country could find themselves in the situation I described above.
And I cannot see a lot of ex-Stars' fans (were there ever lots?) transferring their allegiances to either the Eagles or the Rams.
I accept that the model of the Stars being essentially a one-SS backed side probably wasn't going to survive long term, but I just hope that its demise is not the first in a chain of similar problems for the NRC.
I am not sure what the solution should be, but I have an uneasy feeling that it might need to embrace two NRC teams supported by the Brumbies, with three teams remaining in Sydney (Rays, Rams and Stars) where the Stars must be supported by Randwick and Easts as well as Uni. Don't know if anyone can bang heads and make it happen.
If Country played all their home games in Eastern suburbs as former stars supporter (read inner west resident) would support Country. But not going to support a team that only plays one home game in Sydney.
I would have love Stars to be successful but the one team concept as starting base I thought made it bridge too far - particularly without any promotional support.
I probably will support Rams provided they continue to play odd game in inner west (re: concord or leichardt) with option for me to travel further west to attend another game (which with country won't have an option so not interested in supporting) but yes concerned Rams left very weak with the changes and also not interested in supporting a team being whipped every week.
I don't feel the changes have been well thought through at all. Just plain dumb.