And they are genuine contenders lol. You think it would have increased this year if they were second bottom instead of second top?
There's a couple of things to address here.
- Broncos had 30,221 members in 2022. This year they have 40,207.
- Dolphins have 28,594
It makes a mockery of the bullshit "diminishing returns" argument that is trotted out on here by the usual suspects.
Dolphins had almost as many members as the Broncos did last year, despite having a losing season.
If onfield form is going to have an impact on membership and attendance, what do you think will happen to the Melbourne Storm when they fall from grace and sit at the bottom of ladder?
How many people will sign up as members for a Perth-based NRL club and regularly attend games when it struggles on the field?
There's a lot of cognitive dissonance on here. The progressives only see negatives with Brisbane (and Sydney) and ignore all of the positives, yet they think new teams in Adelaide and Perth will win more games than they lose to create a mid-size supporter base like the Storm. The usual suspects have been death riding the Dolphins for years. The club has been more successful than the Storm and Raiders have ever been. And it didn't need a star-studded roster to achieve this success.
Storm have relied on a strong roster that has won more games than it has lost since 1998. If you want a Perth-based team to finish in the top four every year then the club will need to spend upwards of $30-40 million per annum to lure the best development officers and recruitment agents to the club so they can poach the best juniors before the other 17 clubs get them. That means having people all up the east coast of Australia on their payroll to attend junior RL games. Then the club will need to sign the best players and entice them to leave everything behind to move to the west coast. They club will need to sign the likes of Cam Munster, Brandon Smith, Val Holmes, Latrell Mitchell and a strong forward pack to succeed on the field from day one. It's just not going to happen.