“We’ve gotta go to Perth” | Gordie Pushes Back on New Franchise
THE RUSH HOUR QUEENSLANDER WITH DOBBO
Is the NRL truly the N-R-L? Without a presence anywhere west of AAMI Park the ‘national’ competition really hasn’t earned the title, not at least in the eyes of Gordie Tallis.
With the topic of expansion constantly at the forefront of any discussion to grow the game the Broncos legend is worried that a seventeenth team, specifically a second team in Brisbane, would only dilute the competition.
Speaking on The Rush Hour Queenslander with Dobbo Tallis told listeners that if the game were to take growing its brand seriously taking a team to Perth would be the smartest option.
“Why does it have to be here?” Tallis asked.
“If we’re serious about being the NRL, we have to be national”
Currently the Redcliffe Dolphins bid, Brisbane Firehawks and Brisbane Jets consortium are battling to be award the NRL’s seventeenth licence.
The NRL did briefly enjoy a foray into the Perth market with the Western Reds, later Perth Reds, competing for five years, however they became a victim of the Super League war.
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