Shorter loan term could benefit young Saints
SAINTS could take advantage of the changes to the lending system approved and announced yesterday by the RFL Board.
Although double registration, where players can visit a partner club week by week, will still not be allowed, the minimum length of a loan period between clubs has been cut in half from four weeks to two. .
This could give players on the sidelines of the first team much needed playing time without risking not being able to call on them in the event of injury or suspension.
Without reserve or double consistency, a good chunk of the Saints’ first team was without a competitive rugby game until Salford’s game late in the season.
It might be something the Saints would consider at the start of the campaign – if it weren’t for an injury – but the situation would become more problematic once the season unfolds in the tough, back-to-back games of the season. summer where rotation will be the key.
All loans are subjected to lateral flow tests before entering the new environment and to repeat the tests if necessary – in addition to the wider requirements of the Covid protocols.
Players will also be allowed to move between teams of the same club (eg academy to first team); and from professional environments to international environments.
The latter will therefore allow the England team to meet again during the season.
Again, for now, the only movements allowed between community play and pro clubs will be new hires and fellows.