NRL super coach Wayne Bennett has broken his silence on expansion, declaring the code is ready for a 17th team and calling for Redcliffe to be promoted as the second Brisbane club to take on the Broncos in 2023.
As ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys prepares to ramp-up expansion plans, Bennett delivered his blueprint for the code’s growth and why Brisbane’s Peninsula is tailor-made to help deliver a $2 billion-plus bonanza in the NRL’s next TV rights deal.
It is understood five consortia have already contacted the ARLC to flag their intention to submit formal bids, but Bennett – a Broncos and Queensland icon – says there is one region crying out for an NRL licence.
“Redcliffe is the way to go – they have a ready-made club for the NRL,” Bennett told The Courier-Mail in his most expansive interview on the expansion debate.
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