News ltd forced the NRL to accept an outer fringe northern suburb club, not the GC Titans!Manly should have been made to represent the Northern Beaches and Central Coast, similar to how Dragons have a foot in Southern Sydney and Wollongong. In the long-term it would have made Manly far stronger. They still could do it as The Sea Eagles since the precedent has been set with The Dolphins representing Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast.
Gold Coast will never appeal to people from the Brisbane metropolitan area, but their proximity to Brisbane is used as an excuse to not put an NRL team in southern Brisbane. I honestly think the Gold Coast Titans have harmed Brisbane 2 more than the Broncos ever did and forced the ARLC into choosing Redcliffe over a 2nd Brisbane team that could have rivalled the Broncos. We'll now have two weak teams north and south of Brisbane instead of two powerhouses in Brisbane.
Be interesting to see if SC does take to THE Dolphins, its not been a good start with the Falcons telling them to get stuffed.