I miss the old days to be honest, where your team was represented by your local talent. Capitalism is killing sport!. The NRL is a perfect example of it now (I am sure NFL, EPL, MLB were the market leaders) Yes, I understand that a few teams have bucked the trend, Leicester being the obvious example. However, it would seem that it is not a clear playing field anymore! Melbourne are possibly the exception?. They seem to have a set up where talent is identified early and ability is maximised. Melbourne apart, Brisbane, Roosters, Souths, seem to operate on a drastically different playing field. How can these teams fit a roster with such talent inside the salary cap! How can these same teams continually pick up the best talent without it raising any suspicion from the governing body! I am mindful that the end product, the grand final is better off with the "best players" on show, but c'mon is that all it is about? certainly seems to be.
Maybe my post comes across as sour grapes because sadly I support us. But my head and heart know that the revenue for the product (Sydney centric) is far more important than overall good of an even competition. Maybe the womens NRL has it right with just 4 teams? The AFL over here seem to have a close to even playing field, though I don't follow it closely so not sure why that is.
Also, bring back the old jersey numbering system, it was grouse to see a team decimated by injury and a #77 playing on the wing.