NRL boss reveals plan for league’s 18th franchise

NRL bosses are already wanting past a second Brisbane crew and plotting growth to an 18th franchise, seemingly in New Zealand.

Whereas a second Brisbane crew continues to be deliberate for 2023, because the seventeenth franchise it doesn’t create an extra match per spherical.

An 18th franchise would accomplish that and New Zealand has been earmarked as the perfect location, in keeping with NRL chief govt Andrew Abdo. He flagged the attraction of making a New Zealand derby rival for the Warriors and mentioned that the larger competitors may immediate the introduction of a convention system.

“If we will make the numbers stack up, it (a second Brisbane crew) is fairly thrilling after which that results in us having an 18th crew in one other key marketplace for us over time,” Abdo informed the Courier Mail.

“If we had been to have an 18th crew, we must have an excellent exhausting take a look at a second New Zealand crew.

“Eighteen groups is much more dynamic when it comes to how one can configure the draw. It means one other rivalry in one other key marketplace for us, wherever that could be. It means new followers. It means we might have conferences and swimming pools. These are all good choices to discover.”

ARL Fee chairman Peter V’landys just lately mentioned that plans for a second Brisbane crew remained on monitor.

The contenders for the seventeenth franchise are Redcliffe (doubtlessly as Brisbane Dolphins), Brisbane Jets (a partnership of Brisbane Bombers and Ipswich Jets) and Brisbane Firehawks (backed by Easts Tigers).

“It is very real looking to say that we’ll have a second crew in Brisbane in 2023,” ARL Fee chairman Peter V’landys informed the Sydney Morning Herald final month.

“From what I’ve seen and the shows which have been given to me, they’re properly superior.

“The one factor that I’m impressed with is how superior these bids are. They aren’t mucking round. They’re severe. If we got here to a call in June this 12 months, that will give them a year-and-a-half. It is loads of time. If it’ll occur, it’ll occur mid-this 12 months.

“I am not going to do it if it’ll harm the sport. It is received to learn the sport.”

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