Cumbria can set platform for future - David Seeds

Scott Kaighan
Workington players like Scott Kaighan will team up with Haven rivals for Cumbria

Cumbria head coach David Seeds believes a successful Rugby League Nines campaign can be the platform for further combined success in the sport.

Whitehaven have teamed with Workington Town for the venture, which pits them against a number of Super League clubs in a nine-a-side format.

"It could be the start of things to come," Seeds told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"It could be the start of something new, along with a West Cumbrian Super League franchise."

Seeds continued: "From Whitehaven and Workington's point of view it was simple to come together, share resources and the player pool.

"We'll try our best to work together, also with Barrow, so hopefully it will be a success."

Barrow, who are not part of the Nines set-up on this occasion, applied for a Super League franchise in 2011, but were pipped to the post by Widnes after their bid was rejected by the Rugby Football League.

However the possibility of a combined Cumbria franchise has been posed ahead of the 2015 licence applications, which would see the club work along similar lines to the squad selected for the Nines tournament.

Meanwhile two of the three clubs in Cumbria's pool for the initial set of matches at Derwent Park on 7 June come from Super League in St Helens and Warrington, who are likely to field squads selected from the reserve grade and junior ranks.

"We've got three lads from Salford that have come from the under-20s, and with Whitehaven being in the positon it is it's bargaining power isn't great, so we're becoming reliant on under-20s from Super League," Seeds said.

"It's an opportunity to look at young lads, a lot of whom won't have Super League contracts."

BBC Radio Cumbria has full commentary of the Rugby League Nines at Workington Town's Derwent Park on Tuesday, 7 June and at Whitehaven's Recreation Ground on Tuesday, 28 June.