The Brisbane Bombers bid team say the proven ability of Peter V’landys to get things done leaves them confident the NRL will introduce a 17th club to the competition by 2023.
- Several existing and proposed teams have signalled interest in becoming the fourth Queensland-based side in the NRL
- The Brisbane Broncos joined the league in 1988, the Nth Queensland Cowboys joined in 1995, and the Gold Coast Titans were admitted in 2007
- The Titans were the last team admitted to the league — the next expansion period will be in 2022 or 2023
And bid director Nick Livermore is adamant the Bombers franchise will become that club, just a decade after their formation.
Livermore went on the front foot after the Australian Rugby League Commission announced plans for a competitive selection process for an extra Queensland-based team in 2022 or 2023.
The Bombers have campaigned since 2011 on the platform of sharing the money-spinning Lang Park with the Brisbane Broncos and setting up a natural rivalry in the city.
Talk of NRL expansion during that period has always fallen over but Livermore backed ARLC boss V’landys to follow through on his commitment.
He praised V’landys for defying the doubters and the coronavirus pandemic by getting this year’s competition back off the ground before June.
“This has been a 10-year journey for the Brisbane Bombers. We’ve heard it a couple of times before, that expansion was on the cards, but we’ve never had Peter V’landys running the game,” Livermore said on Sunday.
“When Peter says he’s going to do something … he just gets it done.
Other potential Queensland bidders to have shown interest in a licence are the Redcliffe Dolphins, Central Queensland, Brothers, Easts and the Ipswich-based Western Corridor.
The Bombers have still to nail down some logistics, including a training ground location.
“Bombers versus Broncos sounds really good in the battle of Brisbane.”