Cornish Pirates coach Gavin Cattle praises Exeter Chiefs partnership
Cornish Pirates coach Gavin Cattle says his side already has strong links with Exeter, amid talk that Premiership and second-tier clubs could 'buddy up'.
Reports have suggested the top-flight could abandon the A league, instead allowing Championship sides to loan up to 12 of their first-team players.
Pirates signed seven Exeter players on loan deals ahead of this season.
"There's a lot of talk going around, are we going to have a buddy up system with a Premiership club?" Cattle said.
"But I think one of our strengths is our relationship with Exeter - it's a two-way thing.
"I think we're doing a good job in terms of helping them with their development, and they're giving us a player that not only has good attributes rugby wise, but good men as well."
A potential 'buddy up' arrangement could see the Championship sides involved become ineligible for promotion.
"There are so many opinions on dual-registration or the buddy up system, but I think the overall matter is that Championship clubs do need, overall, more funding," added Cattle to BBC Radio Cornwall.