Found your recommendations @scotchy1
So what are you basing your decision on here?
Dragons? An icon part owned by one of Australia’s largest media organisations. Representing an area tipped for large population growth as Sydney gets fuller and fuller, in effect future proofed. That goes against your whole reasoning for new markets.
Manly? The sole RL foothold in the entire North Sydney region? Relinquish that to AFL, Union and Soccer. Naive surely.
Cronulla? One of the world’s largest regions for participation in RL and one of Australia’s largest junior soccer participants. A club that owns its ground and is currently undergoing a multi million dollar development of its entertainment site that will secure the finances of this club for decades. Surely not?
Wests, a well financed club with a huge leagues club backing that represents both the inner west and more importantly the greater south west region. An area already specifically represented with recent expansion clubs participating in the national leagues of Australian Rules and Soccer. You think it’s a good idea to cede that territory. You think those two clubs have been added to expand both those codes because it’s a no growth region?
To be fair, I could have built similar strengthened arguments for whichever clubs you chose.
Every club in Sydney plays an integral role in what the sport has become and the opportunities for expansion that lie in wait for the NRL.