League legends query depth of playing pool

Maroons Origin legends Cameron Smith and Billy Slater have shot down the push for a second Brisbane team, fearing an expanded 17-team league could decimate the NRL competition.

Despite their allegiance to the Sunshine State as proud Queenslanders, Smith and Slater issued a chilling warning to ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys in his quest to grow the code and deliver a broadcasting bonanza.

Smith and Slater were pivotal figures in the NRL’s successful expansion into AFL heartland in Melbourne, but the Storm icons believe a second Brisbane team to challenge the Broncos in 2023 could have a negative impact on the code.

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