A section of Sydney that gets about 13,000 people to a game. Newcastle and the Hunter Valley has a population of 600,000 and the Knights and Jets are the only professional teams operating in the area. The Northern Eagles were a moronic concept; one team split between three home grounds, the exact same idiocy of having the Tigers play across three home grounds and Dragons playing across two. The Central Coast Eagles would play all 12 games in Gosford. Central Queensland has a population in excess of 200,000 while Far North Queensland has a population just over 155,000 the difference being that between these areas are three wellell QLD Cup sides in the Capras, Cutters and Pride. Cairns on its own has about 11 local clubs + school and community programs. Currently the grassroots pathway for all country Queensland north of the Sunshine Coast goes to the Cowboys and no one else. Having another team in country Queensland encourages growth and player retention. Excessive focus on Sydney is the real challenge of the game. The Illawarra region contributes huge numbers in juniors and female players yet gets 4-5 games a year tops despite a quality stadium. Market places like Perth and Adelaide offer the potential for greater investment and financial support yet remain an untapped resource because of the constant administrative decision to placate the Sydney based clubs over the needs for the sport as a whole. Also the Bears presence on the Central Coast is negligible, if it wasn't the people involved wouldn't be latching onto every possible option to return to the NRL, trying to buy the Titans, trying to jump on the West Coast Pirates bid and be the West Coast Bears. It's pathetic.