VíLandys has floated an idea of another Brisbane team as part of the new Television deal.
I think it is a no brainer to have another Brisbane side. However do they get rid of Gold Coast or bring a 18th side as 17 sides means a bye each week. I also think broadcasters prefer an extra game if they have to pay a lot extra too.
The issue of an 18th side from Perth, Central Coast or another extra side from Qld or NZ is complicated. VíLandys needs to bring extra money as previous tv deals have gone up and up. However setting up a NRL side from scratch with no drafts plus a couple of basket cases in current NRL sides is going to be difficult.
I also think Storm are going to have difficulties in a few years if not sooner as they have managed to hold onto fans by winning constantly and having a good coach. This cannot be maintained forever so I will be intrigued to see how it plays out.
But kudos to VíLandys for pushing the expansion plan as it was too hard for some.