NRL choice 'right' according to former origin great
LEAGUE legend Steve Price has voiced his support for the NRL's decision to halt a proposed expansion of the national rugby league.
During a visit to Gladstone yesterday, the former State of Origin player spoke about the need to improve the reserve competition before expanding the big league.
"We've got the talent (in Central Queensland), we have the resources and people want to be a part of it," Steve said.
This comes a fortnight after the NRL announced it would not consider increasing the number of clubs in the national league before 2014.
Central Queensland has thrown its hat in the ring with its CQ NRL Bid, spearheaded by chairman Geoff Murphy.
But Steve said the NRL had made a wise decision in halting an expansion of the league for another two years.
We want to make sure the game doesn't get too big," he said.
Fans and players would not have been happy with a larger league because it would have reduced competition and interest in the sport.
"When I played, there were 20 teams and the talent was very spread," Steve said.
"It wasn't a very competitive competition.
"I'm not sure whether there are 17+ teams of talent at the moment...and it annoys fans to see a team go out and play well one week and then not so well the other weeks. That will only be amplified if we add more teams.
"The game needs to stay pretty steady. We need a good reserve grade competition. At the moment it is very semi-professional. ...if we get a lot of talent in those grades, then we'll look at adding another team."
In that event, he said he "can't see any issues with the CQ Bid being an opportunity to be the next franchise if one was brought in".