They are the overwhelming favourite to get one of the two expansion bids granted for the 2015 season, and the WA Reds will be one step closer – with the bid expected to win an NRL licence by the end of the year.
The bid, which will also unveil a new logo on Wednesday, has been central to all plans by the NRL and ARLC in the past, and nothing has changed in that regard.
It was long expected that the introduction of a new Perth team would mean an added boost in TV rights deals, totalling $1b dollars, but with David Gallop’s departure as CEO, all negotiations on that have been pushed back until early September.
WARL CEO John Sackson, had a chat with the current interim NRL CEO Shane Mattiske, and Director of League Integration Andrew Hill, and whilst Sackson stayed somewhat tight-lipped on the matter, he described the meeting as “positive” and that the NRL “identified WA as a priority development market”.
It is likely to be 2015 when the new teams for expansion are made public, but Sackson says that all new franchises will need at least an 18-month period to establish their playing list, their culture and their membership base, before they even play a game.