General Perth NRL side

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https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...p-of-benny-elias/story-e6frexnr-1226249841441

THE NRL has found its next Nathan Tinkler - a Perth business tycoon who wants to buy his own NRL team in the golden west.
Perth Glory owner and mining magnate Tony Sage plans to replicate Tinkler's business model in Newcastle of merging an A-League soccer team with an NRL side.
With a personal wealth of hundreds of millions, Sage has called in Balmain Tigers legend Benny Elias to drive the bid for NRL entry in 2015.
Elias, a former Wests Tigers board member, is preparing a proposal to go to NRL boss David Gallop and the new independent commission.
"As a born and bred Tigers man, I find it hard to align myself with any other club," Elias told The Daily Telegraph last night. "But I'm already on the board of Perth Glory and Tony has asked me to try to make this happen.
"He's another Nathan Tinkler and he's determined to get involved. Perth is crying out for a rugby league team and Tony is the guy who could make it happen."
The NRL plans to expand the competition from the current 16 teams over the next few seasons under the new independent commission.
Western Australia has always been a favourite of NRL boss David Gallop because of the booming economy and the opportunity for an extra television game.
Perth last had a rugby league team (Perth Reds) from 1995 to 1997 when they were sacrificed in the Super League war peace deal.
They had a number of high profile players including former wildman forward Mark Geyer, Rodney Howe, Robbie Kearns, Brad Mackay and Julian O'Neill.
"Perth's clearly one of the top contenders for expansion although I believe it's still a few years away," Gallop said.
"Western Australia provides an extra live timeslot opportunity for television and would increase our national profile in an area where the economy is booming.
"Our recent research in potential expansion areas showed there is a high level of rugby league interest.
"We were surprised by the number of people in Perth who said they were avid fans of our game.
"I'm certainly open for talks with any leading businessman who wants to talk about expanding rugby league when the time is right."
A number of current NRL players began their rugby league careers in Perth including Corey Patterson and the Goodwin brothers, Bryce and Bronx.
Sage, who went to school in the Shire and supports the Cronulla Sharks, told The Daily Telegraph last night that 2015 was his aim.
"It makes sense to run a joint operation with Perth Glory exactly the same as Nathan Tinkler has done with the Knights and the Jets," Sage said.
"Same marketing team, same medical team, same media team all working out of the same area.
"Perth is ready for a rugby league team and I've asked Benny Elias to drive it from here and be the initial chief executive. I needed someone based in Sydney with the right business credentials and the right connections.
"I know how closely he is still connected to the Tigers but he's keen because he wants to see rugby league become a national game."
The West Australia Rugby League has hosted a number of matches in recent years and has already had discussions with the NRL.
South Sydney Rabbitohs have a deal with Tourism West Australia to play one game each year in Perth.
Sage said he had spoken to the official body last year about their expansion prospects: "Originally I offered to be a sponsor and take a corporate suite but my interest has grown and I'd now like to get more involved myself," he said.
 

ToiletDuck_old

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Merging the teams from different codes is a good idea. The Newcastle jets now play in red and blue, play at the same ground...smaller cities like Newcastle lap it up. Brings supporters together. Not sure whether or not it has worked (yet)...but as a warriors supporter I'd be more inclined to head to a 'warriors' soccer/netball/union match. Especially union...aye guys.

As for Perth, it's just one of the possible locations for expansion. Arguments for and against.
 

Northern_Union

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Purple blue and white? I would suspect that the NRL would throw money into the pot for a Sydney team to relocate to Perth. The Sharks are the only team i can see that would relocate. Roosters have a small support base but have powerful backers so they wont move. Souths.....Rusty Crowe....he wont let them move. Manly like the Roosters have to many powermen as backers. dragons service a big area already and have merged.
No other relocation options are realistic in my opinion.
 

Spence_old

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You should definitely get some customised Perth shorts, TD. That colour would fit in at Family much better.
 

cornelius_sulla_old

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Weren't the Reds abandoned in large part because the cost of getting teams there (and the Reds to Sydney/Brisbane/Auckland) week in week out was just too much?
 

Northern_Union

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No Perth and Adalaide were both secure fiancially but News wanted a comp with a certain number of teams in it to fit there TV schedual so both were cut.
 

cornelius_sulla_old

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Cheers for that NU. It'd be good to see a Perth team in there again so I can resume hating them.
 

ToiletDuck_old

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Lord Gnome doesn't often post in the offseason from memory. Probably a good thing as far as Tyrael is concerned, he loves a thread de-railment, especially if it involves anything R18.
 

Spence_old

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Lord Gnome doesn't often post in the offseason from memory. Probably a good thing as far as Tyrael is concerned, he loves a thread de-railment, especially if it involves anything R18.

Imagine what LG would have done with the sexual innuendo that has flowing the forum in the past week.
 

cornelius_sulla_old

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I must say that I miss Lord Gnomes' contributions. I've only just realised that NU is not him!! Apologies, my bad.
 

ToiletDuck_old

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Imagine what LG would have done with the sexual innuendo that has flowing the forum in the past week.

Yeah, whenever I think I've like pushed a boundary he just asks for more/pushes it further. Excellent.
 

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