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    Post by my tv broke Thu Oct 14, 2021 8:47 am

    @robelgordo wrote:

    Read a good theory about the Dolphins somewhere (can’t remember).

    News Ltd want more Broncos games exclusive to Fox/Kayo, which means a 2nd Brisbane team for Ch9 to choose from.

    But News Ltd are still majority owners of the Broncs

    So the way to get A without damaging B too much is having the bid from the established suburban club in Brisbane’s north be successful, rather than either of the bids representing the expanding growth areas to the west of the city.

    Slightly tinfoiling but also seems possibly legit…

    I mean, its certainly true to an extent. The NRL has no long term vision, their goal is short term cash and the Dolphins win the bid because of $$$.

    In terms of actual expansion it is probably the worst place to plonk a team, but Redcliffe are cashed up and TV networks, who once again control the game due to PVL, only care for short term wins.

    Anyway, turns out my brother is mates with the Dolphins chairman son so we might get some inside info on signings.
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    Post by robelgordo Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:32 am

    @my tv broke wrote:

    I mean, its certainly true to an extent. The NRL has no long term vision, their goal is short term cash and the Dolphins win the bid because of $$$.

    In terms of actual expansion it is probably the worst place to plonk a team, but Redcliffe are cashed up and TV networks, who once again control the game due to PVL, only care for short term wins.

    Anyway, turns out my brother is mates with the Dolphins chairman son so we might get some inside info on signings.

    I get in reality, it was probably Dolphins or no expansion, in which case its fine. Can't even really blame PvL - well a little, but not entirely - as it's being going on since about 1995.

    I imagine Dolphins will start off with a decent squad, especially if Bennett gets on board. Lots of homesick Qlders out there. People act like Titans are a debacle, but they finished top 4 in their 3rd and 4th season and had some gun signings.
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    Post by my tv broke Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:06 am

    @robelgordo wrote:

    I get in reality, it was probably Dolphins or no expansion, in which case its fine. Can't even really blame PvL - well a little, but not entirely - as it's being going on since about 1995.

    I imagine Dolphins will start off with a decent squad, especially if Bennett gets on board. Lots of homesick Qlders out there. People act like Titans are a debacle, but they finished top 4 in their 3rd and 4th season and had some gun signings.

    eh i thought things were heading in the right direction with Greenberg/Beattie. There were processes to making decisions. They were talking to other networks and exploring new deals. They were growing NRL digital with a view to launching their own streaming platform similar to NBA League Pass/etc. Pretty sure they were even looking into Perth/etc for expansion. Even the international game was gaining momentum.
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    Post by Milchcow Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:08 am


    Picking an expansion location is a bit tricky.

    The NRL is not flush with cash to prop up a new team for years whilst they get established. We've seen a bunch of new teams struggle to last more than 5 years in the past decades. So I can understand wanting to use an established team in order to help get them starting strongly.
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    Post by filthridden Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:02 am

    @my tv broke wrote:

    A mate of mine knows Taylors uncle pretty well, and this essentially what his uncle told him a while back. Keep in mind his uncle is probably biased to protect/side with his nephew but he believes the Titans threw him in at 7, expected him to be a star, but with no real support/mentoring/etc. Taylor didn't cope well early on with being away from home/etc.

    Apparently was on a fair bit less than a million dollars as well.

    Doesn't surprise me given things I've heard from professional sports in the past but surely if you want to do well and win a comp you put as much support around your star player/signings as possible.

    Lived with a guy who played union whose team signed a NRL player.
    The union team apparently gave them no support in terms of extra sessions for tactics or rules and the player was told effectively figure it out for yourself.

    Just seems like the attitude of an entity that doesn't have the right systems/people in place.
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    Post by No Worries Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:38 am

    Bennett for 3 years makes him 72 when he starts and 75 when he finishes. Will he see it through ? Remember that Obiturary thread on Sportal where we guess who was going to pass away each year........
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    Post by filthridden Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:25 pm

    @No Worries wrote:Bennett for 3 years makes him 72 when he starts and 75 when he finishes. Will he see it through ? Remember that Obiturary thread on Sportal where we guess who was going to pass away each year........

    Haha the dead pool! Seems a long time ago now.
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    Post by No Worries Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:33 pm

    Really regret that post now.

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    Post by my tv broke Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:49 pm

    @No Worries wrote:Bennett for 3 years makes him 72 when he starts and 75 when he finishes. Will he see it through ? Remember that Obiturary thread on Sportal where we guess who was going to pass away each year........

    When he was at the broncos most recently he was still doing pre seasons with the players and beating a lot of them at the endurance/long distance stuff.

    If he is still keeping up those fitness levels then yeah i reckon he will be fine
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    Post by Oz Sport Mad Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:26 pm

    @my tv broke wrote:

    When he was at the broncos most recently he was still doing pre seasons with the players and beating a lot of them at the endurance/long distance stuff.

    If he is still keeping up those fitness levels then yeah i reckon he will be fine

    No wonder we've been fucken languishing down the bottom of the ladder and no wonder he bailed!!!



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    Post by Oz Sport Mad Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:41 pm

    @my tv broke wrote:

    I mean, its certainly true to an extent. The NRL has no long term vision, their goal is short term cash and the Dolphins win the bid because of $$$.

    In terms of actual expansion it is probably the worst place to plonk a team, but Redcliffe are cashed up and TV networks, who once again control the game due to PVL, only care for short term wins.

    Anyway, turns out my brother is mates with the Dolphins chairman son so we might get some inside info on signings.

    Cash aside, I originally thought expanding west was the best option - plus I hate the thought of a '2nd Brisbane team'.

    But they put forward a good case and it's hard to argue that capturing the Moreton + Sunny Coast growth regions would be less 'potential eyes on the TV' than the western areas.

    A lot of the western growth is north Goldy and Logan too, so there would naturally already be a lot of established Titans or Broncos supporters there.

    Of the geographic areas and when it was established they wouldn't necessarily be just 'Redcliffe', it made perfect sense to me.

    Whilst it would be good to expand further, this is probably the safer option.

    It will be interesting to see if they play it safe for the 18th team (e.g. Central QLD or Central Coast NSW) or go something like Perth or NZ/Pacific.

    Either way, I wish they'd fast-track that team because my OCD is really struggling with the idea of having an uneven number of teams in the comp.....
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    Post by robelgordo Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:59 pm

    @my tv broke wrote:

    eh i thought things were heading in the right direction with Greenberg/Beattie. There were processes to making decisions. They were talking to other networks and exploring new deals. They were growing NRL digital with a view to launching their own streaming platform similar to NBA League Pass/etc. Pretty sure they were even looking into Perth/etc for expansion. Even the international game was gaining momentum.

    Oh yeah I think Smith then Greenberg/Beattie did a lot of good work around governance, removing co-dependence on News Ltd etc. Things that are important but don't get noticed because the shoulder charge is banned the game isn't the same mate, and gee those refs are a bunch of clowns and the bunker is a waste of money.

    But possible the global pandemic also shifted the goalposts.
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    Post by filthridden Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:26 pm

    V'Landys was brought in to cut costs massively and he's done that and that was the plan before the pandemic came along.

    in NRLW news, Tigers have signed Kezzie Apps ( <3 ) and Jess Sergis.
    So even if the men's team seems to be going nowhere, the women's team is pushing strongly towards NRLW inclusion.
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    Post by robelgordo Thu Oct 14, 2021 5:26 pm

    I’m looking forward to Dragons v Dolphins when one of them insists on wearing their away strip
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    Post by WT2K Thu Oct 14, 2021 7:27 pm

    Guess we'll all have starling round one. If Hodgson to wt happens
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    Post by easytiger Fri Oct 15, 2021 5:33 pm

    Aaron Woods officially joining Moga & Gosie at the Dragons (all on 1 year deals)
    Will Smith officially to the Titans (2 years)

    Adam Hartigan (Tigers football GM) officially Gone... Tim Sheens taking over recruitment...
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    Post by robelgordo Fri Oct 15, 2021 6:14 pm

    @easytiger wrote:Aaron Woods officially joining Moga & Gosie at the Dragons (all on 1 year deals)
    Will Smith officially to the Titans (2 years)

    Adam Hartigan (Tigers football GM) officially Gone... Tim Sheens taking over recruitment...

    Dragons are building an awesome reserve grade team.
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    Post by Rabbits21 Sat Oct 16, 2021 11:55 pm

    Souths have signed Siliva Havili who will join Michael Chee Kam with us next year.

    I would say Havili will play a role in the middle off the bench.

    We have also brought up Lachlan Ilias, Peter Mamouzelos, Davvy Moale, Blake Ta’affe from development contracts into our top 30 and two juniors from our system have been promoted both centres I think in Zane Bijorac and Terrell Kalokalo (massive wraps on this kid). That takes our roster to 27 of our top 30 and we will keep the other 3 spots open until at least March next year when we need to have formed a squad of 28 at that time.
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    Post by Rooster Booster Sun Oct 17, 2021 1:53 am

    @robelgordo wrote:It's already a bloated concept - 13 is too many. Big Mal played a long time, especially for his era, but really shouldn't be in there. Not sure about Provan either.

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