The NRL’s new TV deal will commence in 2023 and there’s been so much talk of expansion.
Many fans ask how many teams should we have.
In my opinion? 18.
Solution? We add 4.
Wait a second, that’s 20! Every problem has a solution. Observe, we dump a Sydney team. Maybe one of the suburbs like Canterbury, Cronulla or Manly, plus we axe the Gold Coast Titans.
Actually, I’ve got a pretty decent idea. Manly, Cronulla and Canterbury all get the chop – bringing the NRL down to 13 clubs – and bring back the North Sydney Bears, taking the tally to 14. For years, everyone’s been begging for North Sydney to return.
Another team we should dump is the Gold Coast Titans. Seriously, they’ve sacked Garth Brennan as their coach and they’re paying overs to keep their players. They’re making the same mistakes Newcastle did and the NRL won’t be bailing anyone out this time.
This is the fourth Gold Coast team we’ve had in the comp and they have all failed miserably. The Gold Coast may be a big, beautiful city, and even though the region has more than half a million residents, they’re still lucky to get 15,000 to a game. It’s more of a holiday spot, anyway.
To the NRL, when it comes to a team on the Gold Coast, I’ve got two words for you. Stop trying!
Dumping the Sea Eagles, Sharks, Bulldogs and Titans then re-adding the Bears makes 14 teams, so how to we get to 18 clubs?
Here are my five picks.
1. Central Coast
The people of Gosford love their footy and the city has a top-notch stadium. Newcastle and Central Coast have a rivalry in the A-League so bring it to the NRL.
This may have been done before but we can thank the Super League for how well that went. Our comp is the National Rugby League so let’s bring the code to the other side of the nation.
Another Super League team that went on to fail, but under the NRL, they could go on to be a top hit. They love the annual Roosters home game there.
A Darwin team would be ideal, even though it can be hot during the earlier stages of the season, while the early autumn heat is still lingering from the summer.
A second New Zealand team could go on to make a decent rivalry with the Warriors.
The game has to expand into unknown territory. It would be a huge risk, but if successful, it would deliver a huge reward.