NRL looking at expansion, with second Brisbane team on the cards

The NRL is considering adding a 17th team to the competition in the near future, with ARL Commission chairman Peter V'landys eyeing a second team in Brisbane in 2022.

With the NRL enjoying the national spotlight after its May 28 resumption and fresh off a new TV broadcast deal, V'landys said he was considering expansion because of the league's "financial certainty."

He told The Courier Mail a second side in Brisbane was being looked at for 2022.

"There could be a second Brisbane team in 2022," he said. "To be honest, with the broadcast deal done, it might expedite our plans with expansion.

"We now have financial certainty.

"A second Brisbane team will generate even more value for the code in my eyes. But I want to make this very clear - we are fully behind the Broncos and Titans and it is important we do not cannibalise those existing clubs in the southeast Queensland market.

"Ensuring the viability of the 16 clubs, and that includes the Broncos and Titans, is my priority.

"But in my eyes, expansion is on the agenda and I still think Brisbane needs a second team to dominate Queensland.

"The coronavirus pandemic hasn't ruined the expansion plans at all - I am very much attracted to another team in Queensland. There is a need for it."

Fox Sports reports there are four bids on the table to become Brisbane's second team - Queensland Cup sides Ipswich, Redcliffe and Easts along with the Brisbane Bombers outfit.

Fox League expert Cooper Cronk said any of the bidding teams could suit the NRL.

"All those areas are a big demographic for rugby league supporters," Cronk said.

"For me they've got to play out of Suncorp stadium, go head to head with the Brisbane Broncos and get two games up there every weekend."