Time for a salary cap in Scottish rugby
In fact, Edinburgh and Glasgow have been so dire this season that I would ask the players for some of their cash back. Actually, I would.
It should be other way around. Let the expensive players go, and keep the young guys.
I've seen the lad Mark Bennett play. Across from my house is the rugby pitch I played on as a kid, and a couple of years ago I went to watch an age-group Scottish team play.
In the centre was an outstanding prospect. He was tall, fast, aggressive, and, I think, ran in for two tries.
James Eddie, third from left, joins five other Glasgow Warriors players to say goodbye to the fans at Firhill. Photo: SNS
I did some asking and found out that this was Bennett, a lad from Cumnock.
He was "in the system" and they had their eye on him. He joined Glasgow.
He played for Glasgow against Leinster in their last game of the season and, by all accounts, was the best Glasgow player on the pitch at 19 years old.
Now he's gone to France for less money than he had been offered by Glasgow. In fact, it's a Clermont "academy" contract, so he's not really a full-time, highly paid player.
There is something wrong here. First that Scottish rugby is deemed so average that a young player would turn his back on it to work elsewhere, and, secondly, that it was smoke and mirrors when he went to France to play in a trial at Clermont.
Am I alone in thinking this is madness for us to let him go?
I completely agree that our top players should leave when they become too expensive, but our brightest and best young talent?
It's almost an admission that other sharpening systems are better than ours.
It's a known fact that the RFU pays the Premiership clubs to pack its clubs with English qualified players. It plans to extend the system to the Championship as well and it all means that, in future, there is no exit route to England for Scottish players.
It simply won't be cost-effective for English clubs to employ Scottish players. They cannot afford to turn down the huge RFU funding that comes with having English players in match-day squads.
Scottish Rugby, actually, is in a very strong negotiating position. Scottish players can no longer threaten to go to England, and only the world-class players would be taken on by French clubs.
Bennett, if he makes it in France, will be part of an extraordinary story.
But Scottish Rugby has messed up its own system. James Eddie, one of Glasgow's best players when fit, has been released, and now one of our most promising players has been let go, all because there is no money as it's tied up elsewhere.
There really should be a salary cap, as it's better to have 40 hungry players than 10 well-fed ones, meaning you can only afford another 10 or so.
I'm a former captain of Glasgow, and I think you should only make big bucks if you win.
But I might be wrong. What do you think?