SOUTHS coach Michael Maguire said he would consider the merit of the NRL one day using the English Premier League's loan system, the practice where clubs allowed contracted players to represent other teams.
The system is used for a variety of reasons. A young player might, for instance, be farmed out to a lowly ranked team to gain experience at a higher level than reserve grade or the club's management might be in dispute with a player and not want him around the team.
The amount of time a player was placed on loan could range from a few weeks to a season.
The practice was adopted by the English Super League and Maguire said he used it during his successful stint with Wigan to allow the club's emerging players who were unable to break into the top grade to find their feet at another team.
"I utilised it myself in the Super League," Maguire said. "I'd loan a player to certain clubs and it was quite beneficial on a couple of fronts.
"It helped clubs that weren't going so well at the time, while from a player's point of view it helped some kids develop sooner than I thought they might have.
"From a development point of view for players I definitely think there are some opportunities there, but from a coach's point of view … it's a very competitive market now and you'd need to make sure you were performing and each player was performing the best they can.
"It's a tough one but [if there were moves for it to be brought into the NRL] I would definitely look at it."
Meanwhile, St George Illawarra recruit Gerard Beale said at Wednesday's launch of the annual Dragons-South Sydney Charity Shield match that he was determined to quickly establish himself as the club's first-choice fullback.
"I've always supported the Dragons and like that there is a lot of history here," the former Broncos star said. "The opportunity to play fullback was hard to resist, it's the position where I play my best football.
"When I came to the Dragons I was aware of the famous players who'd worn the red-V jumper before, like Graeme Langlands, so it excited me. Now I want to stamp my mark there."