BIG RUN: Brisbane Broncos forward Josh McGuire takes on the South Sydney Rabbitohs line.
BIG RUN: Brisbane Broncos forward Josh McGuire takes on the South Sydney Rabbitohs line. DAN PELED

Broncos boss warns against Brisbane expansion

BRONCOS boss Paul White has poured cold water on the notion a second Brisbane-based NRL team would be an automatic success.

It is widely thought a second Brisbane club, at the expense of one of the nine Sydney teams, would boost average NRL crowd attendance up to 20,000 a game and increase TV rights funding.

However White said it is no guarantee a second Brisbane team would be a success in a saturated market that includes the Broncos and several other professional teams competing for fans and corporate dollars including the Queensland Reds, Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast Suns and the Brisbane Roar.

White also said he is against the idea of expansion for expansion's sake or to simply increase TV rights revenue.

"People say it (the Broncos success) is because we are in the Brisbane market but we have worked really hard," White said.

"It's not a matter of just coming to Brisbane and thinking the money will flow in."

Despite the emergence of likely candidates in the shape of the Brisbane Bombers and Ipswich proposals it is believed that NRL expansion plans are on hold until 2020, however with just 6891 fans attending the Wests Tigers' last-round loss to Gold Coast at Campbelltown the argument refuses to go away.

News Corp Australia

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