North Sydney will never abandon hope of returning to Sydney and the News Ltd media will speculate about it to sell papers. The only way this thing works is if the brand is sold to a Perth-based consortium, but North Sydney will never sell.It's not a bad idea though and I can see why its attractive to Vlandys and the NRL, especially if Norths leagues club can back the club.
The fact that the Bears are "irrelevant" actually works in their favour if they are relocating to Perth cause virtually no one will know who they are or have any opinion on them. The problem is if Perthies see them as a failed Sydney club and give them the cold shoulder. Also concerns around how committed the Norths side are to staying in Perth and whether down the track they just move back to Central Coast full time. The NRL needs to put in some 50 year clause or something that they play a certain amount of games in Perth.
None of their home games can be taken to Sydney. The fact there are people talking about playing 1, 2, 4 or 6 games in Sydney at a dilapidated cricket ground is beyond crazy and shows just how dumb and out of touch with reality many NSWRL fans are to growing the game. Sydney gets over 100 games a year that struggle to draw a crowd.
I'm yet to hear any of the delusional NSWRL fans talking up this bid explain why the team needs to play a few games at North Sydney Oval. It's just nostalgic narrow-minded thinking from selfish Sydneysiders who want to pretend we're back in 1967, even if it's just for one or two days a year. They're willing to f**k up a Perth team just so they can get their nostalgia hit, which speaks volumes about their sense of entitlement. The North Sydney Bears as an NRL team are dead. Having a rebranded WA Bears play one, two, four or six or two games at NSO won't change their status as a former NRL club that were kicked out in 1999. I have serious doubts there would be more than a few thousand Bears fans who would bother supporting a club that's based in Perth and not called North Sydney.