Abdo backs Gould's summer league proposal

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NRL CEO Andrew Abdo says the league is weighing up the proposal of a summer competition, after the idea was raised by Bulldogs GM Phil Gould.

In an effort to help the next generation, Gould yesterday sent a proposal to both Abdo and Peter V'landys with a view to running a competition through November and December for NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg players who haven't been able to get on the field.

The New South Wales Rugby League this week cancelled a number of competitions for a second straight season, including the NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg, two of the major pathways for emerging NRL talent.

"Yes [the NRL is looking at the idea seriously] I like the idea," Abdo told 2GB's Wide World of Sports Radio.

Sam Walker playing for North Sydney against South Sydney in the round three NSW Cup match in March. (Getty)

"If it were up to me, we would be playing rugby league 12 months of the year. I think the opportunity to play in summer is a good one.

"The biggest challenge that we need to overcome, and we've proven we can do this, is to find a way to be able to get players training and playing safely again, particularly in New South Wales.

"We're going to watch very closely and obviously support and get behind the vaccine rollout in the community and if we see a situation where community sport is allowed back or we're able to find ways to accelerate people being able to train and play safely again, then I think it's a terrific idea, particularly for younger age groups."

Gould said even if an official competition can't be organised, the clubs based in western Sydney, such as the Bulldogs, Eels, Tigers and Panthers would be keen to organise a series of stand-alone matches.

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