I dont buy this either.
Sure the comp has survived without them but the code would have been far better off keeping the Folau's, SBW's, KHunts and co in the game.
Imagine if a young JT was poached early on in his career and we never got to see what he has done. I hate the "fringe/young guys will step up" argument. The best ones will make it regardless, and if there is less teams, then we dont have to see Michael Chee Cam or Brendan Elliott run around every weekend.
I think you have just contradicted yourself mate. By having more teams in the comp looking for marquee players, we could have keptthe Khunts, Folaus etc. Plus, I can tell you right now that there are a plethora of kids in Melb (Vic in general) that end up playing a different sport than league because they don't want to leave the comforts of home at 16. I can only imagine that number is the same if not more in WA.
Regardless of what happens, due to the cap restraints, we are always gonna have goats like Beale etc in the game running out for top grade each weekend. Fuck, Pommeroy played for years!