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Dual Reg with Rochdale

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Our squad players will be turning out at Spotland it appears.

Not got any great problem with that as it brings clarity. 

Friendly against them mid-January.

Suspect we may see the likes of Tilleke hone his skills with Hornets.


Topic starter Posted : 20/11/2022 12:23 pm
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Widnes Vikings will face new dual-registration partners Rochdale Hornets in a pre-season friendly on Sunday 15 January. 

The friendly fixture will take place at the DCBL Stadium, with a 3pm kick-off.


The dual-registration agreement between both clubs allows members of the Vikings squad to enjoy additional game time by featuring for the Betfred League 1 side next season.

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Widnes Vikings head coach John Kear said: “I have a good working relationship with Garry Thornton and we will be in regular contact to make sure that the dual-registration agreement will be of mutual benefit.


“Some of our players will get valuable game time to aid their development as players, whilst also contributing in a positive manner to the overall team performance of the Hornets.”

Further details regarding the pre-season friendly, including ticket information, will be announced in due course.


it’s at Widnes 👍👍

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Posted : 20/11/2022 2:45 pm
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Think that’s not a bad option, nearer than crusaders I think

suspect as said will will be having a few games there alongside a couple of our wingers

Posted : 20/11/2022 3:28 pm
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I suppose this will be useful for the outer fringe players but we also need a similar arrangement with a SL club. Perhaps now Leigh is in SL we could arrange this with Saints? Hopefully the club will have looked into this.

Posted : 20/11/2022 6:21 pm
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Posted by: @geoffw

I suppose this will be useful for the outer fringe players but we also need a similar arrangement with a SL club. Perhaps now Leigh is in SL we could arrange this with Saints? Hopefully the club will have looked into this.

I agree need a top side to do a dual with just to get that X Factor player. Looks like Swinton got Saints.🙈


Posted : 20/11/2022 8:47 pm
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Massively underwhelmed by this.

I don't like the dual reg system and being handed fringe SL players for the odd weekend, but whilst the system is in place and whilst other clubs are doing it, I'd have preferred us to take advantage of this.  I fear one of the main reasons SL clubs don't want to use us is the pitch.  Plenty of north west SL clubs we could approach.  

If we wanted to let fringe players have a game, then we should approach a SL club about letting them play in the reserve league for them.  This way, those fringe SL players can help us out from time to time.  

We certainly won't be getting Rochdale players who won't be selected for them playing for us, unless they haven't got a game for whatever reason and even then, would they want their better players risking injury playing for us.  Strange one.  

Posted : 21/11/2022 9:50 am
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Somewhat useful for enabling our fringe players to get some game time and their match fitness up for if and when they are needed. I’m not that bothered about us not having a DR arrangement with a SL club, would much rather try and get a couple of players on season-long loans like we did with Doro this year. At least we know where we stand rather than having the squad constantly disrupted.

Posted : 21/11/2022 11:26 am
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Until we see them out on the park it's hard to make a preference for loanees etc. I suspect that a JK team, to be effective, will make more use of practised and organised defence and attack rather than individual brilliance. The comments made by JK regarding DVD analysis etc certainly point to this, imo anyway and from his TV work could well be where Amor will earn his corn!!!

The odd loan player in that situation is much harder to include with any benefit. Season long could be more beneficial. Now if Tedesco is available......!

Posted : 21/11/2022 11:44 am
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I think it is a very good idea - it allows players not in the regular starting squad to get game time - keep them match fit, hopefully improve their chances of getting a spot in our starting squad by improving their skills and also have somebody already match fit to step in if we get injuries.

Totally agree with what’s been said about the other side of the coin and us having an arrangement with an SL side so that we can call on their fringe players. We seemed to do a fair bit of business with Wigan in recent times …..

Posted : 23/11/2022 2:20 am