As I mentioned a while back, giving Balmain any sort of deadline shorter than 20 years to repay the few million they owe the NRL now will kill the club.
The development won't save them either as they won't even own the space where the club is proposed to be, they'll be renting it, no doubt at full price.
What alternative do they have that is realistic, knowing full well that no one will pay off the debt without demanding the money be repaid.
Perhaps Wests Ashfield could buy them for the cost of the debt, change the Balmain Leagues venues all to Wests Tigers outlets owned by Wests Ashfield but with the old Balmain board members running them still.
Wests get their dominance over the merger that they've always wanted, Balmain can have their seats on the committee and their debts all paid and their junior teams can still be Balmain if they want, or they can rebrand themselves as Wests Tigers.
If Wests Ashfield rebranded as Wests Tigers they could be the official Leagues Club for the team.
Surely that would be a marketing boom for Wests Ashfield, to be affiliated completely with the NRL side.
As Gussy Gouldy would say. No, No, No. Wests Ashfield (Magpies) will never rebrand as Wests Tigers.
Best hope is the white tiger concept for the NRL side (with Wests Ashfield having 100% ownership).
Getting ready for the abusive attacks.
MU, did you ever get anywhere with the proposed rugby league, aussie rules merger back in the 1910s, 1920s?