2nd Melbourne teamI can see a third team in Brisbane and one in Perth. Both teams will provide the Australian broadcasters with valuable content. The question is does the ARLC choose Adelaide or NZ 2 for the 20th team?
Adelaide is the 5th largest market in Australia but will require investment from the ARLC. None of the clubs will accept an expansion club that requires extra funding on top of the annual grant.
New Zealand 2 would be great for RL in New Zealand, but where does the team go?
Auckland cannot sustain a second team. No other market in New Zealand is big enough to support a team.
That's leaves us at 19 teams. The ARLC will probably choose one more and leave it at that doe some time. We know Ch9 want a third Brisbane team. WA Gov want a team.
If love to see the Bears relocate permanently to Adelaide or Christchurch. That would give us 20 teams.
Forget about NZ2 ok
It's a joke
Sort out NZ1 first
3rd team Brisbane west area
Keep East coast pumping
Thats where the action is okay