I’m ex Balmain that would’ve been far superiorThat was something that was actually discussed in the late 90’s I believe (not sure how serious those discussions were though). In hindsight, it would have been a lot better outcome than the Wests Tigers have been but anyway.
Hypothetically, it would have been interesting and probably more fruitful for the competition if a few Sydney teams were relocated rather than dissolved/merged. The only merger that has worked (barely really) is the Dragons and that was because it was a takeover, they had the same colours and they were relatively geographically adjacent. Wests Tigers haven’t worked and Northern Eagles was a disaster.
dragons are seen to have killed off the Steelers and have little future in Sydney so it’s another failed merger
the obvious solution was to boot Cronulla and keep the dragons and Steelers as stand alone entities