The Redcliffe Dolphins will be unveiled as the expansion club that will introduce the NRL in 2023, reports Sydney Morning Herald’s Michael Chammas.
Chammas is confident the Dolphins are ready to take on the Brisbane Jets and Brisbane Firehawks for the 17th NRL license after a deal with News Corp left an additional $75-$100 million at stake five years from now. are injected. That’s in addition to the $1 billion deal already agreed with News Corp. for the broadcast rights for 2023-2027.
While explaining the situation on 2GB Wide World of Sports radio, Chammas said he would be dismayed if the Dolphins were not revealed as the expansion club.
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“Looks like it’s going to be the Redcliffe Dolphins. I don’t think that’s what they’re called if they’re the official expansion team, but that’s the offer that (has) been put forward,” Chammas said.
“There is a meeting with the NRL and all clubs on Thursday to discuss the finances. There is a $75 million to $100 million deal with News Corp that is about to be closed which will provide the finances to the clubs. and of course assist the expansion team. .
On Friday, the assessment committee must issue an advice about which offer it will be.
“You can bet it will be the dolphins; that’s the front runner.
“And from then on, once the recommendation is established, they hold a committee meeting and make that decision.
“I’d be surprised if the dolphins aren’t here by 2023.”
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It has been assumed for some time that outgoing Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett will lead the new expansion club.
Jason Demetriou takes over from Bennett as South Sydney coach and the seven-time premiership mentor is on his way to Queensland.
“(The expansion club will) cause a market frenzy with players, as managers will line up players with the expansion team, there will be players looking at other options. It’s going to be a big year in recruiting,” Chammas said.
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“Throw on top of that Wayne Bennett. He obviously has a lot of friends in the game, a lot of players would love to play under Wayne Bennett.
“It’s going to be a very interesting 12 months in terms of player movement if this all gets off the ground.”
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