and how much is afl investing in those 2 states to run those elite programs? Nrlwa get around $700k a year from nrl lol. 3 development officers for the whole state, 4 staff. Crappy Offices stuck under a stand at hbf park,You can have pathways without a team. Look at NT and Tas in AFL. 30+ players despite not team. But having pathways does not mean you should have a team, it must be a big enough market to be financially viable. So it is not chicken and egg, it is somewhere in between.
That is why Perth Bears makes so much sense. Perth is a massive market and Bears still have their territory for players. Only way either option can work is together.
Places like SA, NT get significantly less. nrl funding for growth is a joke.
Perth or Christchurch bears only works if NS don’t own the club. Anything else is a disaster waiting to happen. probably why Vlandys is pushing it lol.