Manly have a good leagues club, decent sponsorship and have, from what I have heard, government funding for a new stadium. Imo the 9 sydney clubs represent key geographic areas. IMO if the NRL were to kick out or relocate a team from sydney it would cause massive issues with the fan base that they already have secured. My opinion on expansion is that they should expand to 22-24 sides and create a 2 division structure, similar to the super league or the SPL in ScotlandSurely they move Manly to Brisbane.
Manly have no money, bugger all crowds and membership and poorest facilities.
Need a game every week at Suncorp.
Instant derby - MAROON and WHITE v MAROON and GOLD
Play half home games at Suncorp the rest wherever.
Storm and a couple of others will play a "home game" at Suncorp to ensure it's used 3 weeks out of every 4
Just call them THE SEA EAGLES with no state or city designation.
They did stuff up, but then 12,085 while 93k of us were over the road isn't all bad.Great crowds to start the round. 20k on Thursday and 25k last night.
Think the NRL stuffed up with Melbourne. The Storm should have been away for the final round of the AFL, then play a home game during their pre finals bye week and then been away this week.