ARL fee chairman Peter V’landys has spoken for the primary time since information emerged that two of the hopeful NRL enlargement bids have been set to merge.
Based on The Courier Mail, the Brisbane Jets and Brisbane Firehawks are thrashing out talks to amalgamate their two entities to see off the specter of the Redcliffe Dolphins.
Redcliffe are sat on a stable asset base – estimated to be price as much as $100 million owing to their historical past as a standard membership – are seen because the frontrunners.
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The NRL is anticipated to confess a brand new group for the beginning of the 2023 or 2024 season after talking to the three potential bidders earlier this week.
If the start-up ventures of the Jets and Firehawks do merge they may name on a mixed monetary clout estimated to be price $35 million.
Speaking on the Ben Fordham show on 2GB on Friday, V’landys mentioned he was being saved abreast of the event.
“I used to be conscious of it very first thing this morning that it would occur,” he mentioned. “We’ll wait and see if it does occur.
“These merger talks generally do fall over. However it is going to actually make that bid rather a lot stronger than what it at present is.
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“It’s a wise factor to do – combining to make a extra highly effective bid – they’ve far more cash behind them.
“One of many belongings to the Redcliffe supply is the money they will put into the sport and the accessible belongings they’ve and the membership of a brand new viewers.”
Whereas refusing to offer a choice to both bid, V’landys reiterated that the brand new membership must deliver new followers and sponsors to the sport, fairly than cannibalising the present supporter base.
“If we herald a seventeenth group it’s bought to usher in new viewers and take an off-the-cuff fan and switch them onto a rusted-on rugby league fan,” he mentioned.
“There’s no good taking followers from the Broncos or Titans or Dragons, they’ve to be new followers, with new tribalism they usually’ve bought to reinvigorate Brisbane rugby league and that’s what we’re taking a look at.”
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