Perth bid looks strong

MEDIA reports suggesting the National Rugby League is favouring the introduction of a Perth-based team in 2013 if expansion goes ahead do not concern Denis Keeffe, the CQ NRL Bid chief executive.

Keeffe said the “only reason” expansion could be justified in Western Australia or South Australia was because it would add a more national look to the NRL’s image.

He insisted he did not wish to speak disparagingly about any other bid, but reinforced there were currently 26 reasons why Central Queensland “must have its own national sporting team”.

Keeffe has previously detailed these reasons in his regular column in The Morning Bulletin.

NRL boss David Gallop was this week reported as saying: “In about 12 months’ time when we’ve got a clearer picture of our media rights deal going forward, we’ll certainly be seriously looking at expansion and the bottom line is Perth’s got a lot going for it.

“There’s an opportunity for us to increase our national profile, the (WA) economy’s robust, the (rectangular) stadium is being redeveloped.

“At the moment you’d have to say the Central Coast and Perth are the lead contenders.”

Last Saturday’s clash between Melbourne Storm and South Sydney in Perth drew a crowd of 13,164.

In outlining his 26 reasons, Keeffe implied CQ had more going for it than Perth.

“It is accepted a CQ NRL team will be viable and successful financially, as public, corporate, political and media support is already committed,” he said.

In light of Gallop’s comments this week, Keeffe and bid boss Geoff Murphy appear to face a tough challenge – one Murphy has always maintained is winnable.

The Morning Bulletin, Darryn Nufer



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