A talented kid from Perth sits in his lounge room with his parents. He has a huge decision ahead of him. You see, this superstar in the making has to choose between a possible career playing AFL and a possible career in the National Rugby League.
The one thing that could sway this youngster to play NRL in an AFL stronghold is the glory of State of Origin.
Same goes for any number of kids in Victoria.
Yet the game has decided to strengthen eligibility rules in an attempt to stop the poaching of young Polynesians and to stop the bizarre selections in State of Origin.
All the while, rugby league outposts have been burnt once more.
Why would the Melbourne Storm want to recruit in their own backyard if they can’t turn their own players into Origin superstars?
Granted the eligibility rules needed to be fixed. But keeping kids from places like Melbourne and Perth out of the biggest spectacle in our game is absurd.
Queensland chairman of selectors Des Morris welcomed the decision but blatantly admitted he and others had been actively hunting Polynesian kids.
“That will mean an Australian kid gets a chance to be developed further,” Morris told the Courier-Mail.
“It will add to our depth though because we will be putting development money into more Queensland players.
“I’m sure in time we will get it sorted.”
Australian kids should have always been the priority, Des.
So Queenslanders and New South Welshmen are sweet. New Zealand Rugby League will be better for the move. But what about all these growing states?
Imagine down the track, a West Coast Pirates scout tells a kid that he can play NRL but he can’t play Origin. The kid is going to walk.
If the NRL was in a truly national position and far more developed, you could understand the decision.
But some leniency needs to be considered. The game is yet to return to Perth or Adelaide but still they want to put a cap on the growth of the sport?
Even before it has a chance to bloom?
Give me a break.