17th NRL Team Confirmed
By Jevan Collins
The NRL has today confirmed that the Redcliffe Dolphins will be joining the NRL as its 17th team joining in 2023 season.
The NRL came out after the Grand Final this year and said there will be a 17th club joining the competition in 2023 with bids coming thick and fast with bids coming from 3 Brisbane clubs and a bid from WA after losing the Western Reds to Melbourne in 1998, but in the end, the NRL ruled in favor of a fourth Queensland franchise and putting WA hopes of having an NRL team on the back burner for years to come.
The three Brisbane clubs vying for the allusive 17th spot is the Redcliffe Dolphins, Brisbane Firehawks, and the Brisbane Jets, but in the end, the NRL went with the Redcliffe Dolphins after the renovation of their stadium (Moreton Daily Stadium) with the ground capacity increased to 11,500 with 3170 seats added in the renovation costing a total of 6.5 million dollars it has also become the home ground of Brisbane Roar.
It has been announced that the fixtures will be extended by 2 rounds when the dolphins join the league, going from 24 rounds to 26 rounds as of 2023 and the total of regular-season games will be increased from 192 to 204 will all teams having 2 bye rounds.
No players have been signed by the Dolphins yet, but it is tipped that the inaugural coach of the dolphins will be none other than coaching legend Wayne Bennett, there are no plays by the NRL to add an 18 team to the league.