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The Daily Telegraph have reported that the NRL discussed moving the Newcastle Knights to Ipswich in QLD
The move has been seen as a threat, by the NRL, aimed at finding a new owner for the struggling Knights.
The Knights have been under NRL ownership since mining magnate Nathan Tinkler's downfall two years ago, with the NRL desperate to find a new owner for the club.
According to the Daily Telegraph's Phil Rothfield, the Newcastle side were actually in a real danger of being relocated if a buyer could not be found.
These latest rumours are believed to be an effort to get the Hunter-based Wests Leagues Club to purchase the Knights.
The NRL are hoping talk of a move will force Wests' hand into a bid, thus keeping the Knights in the league-mad region, according to Rothfield.
Knights legend, and Triple M Grill Team member, Matty Johns has said "They wouldn't want to do it, not in my lifetime or my grandkids"
Broadcasters and the NRL have always been keen for a fourth club in Queensland