SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 05: Blues coach Brad Fittler looks on during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin training session at NSWRL Centre of Excellence Field on July 5, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The NRL is looking to bring in a second Brisbane club, but Brad Fittler has a different suggestion.

The rugby league great has declared that the Sharks and Dragons should merge, as should the Tigers and Panthers.

Speaking on WWOS’ Freddy and the Eighth, the Blues coach believes it would help ease the financial strain of COVID-19 and create more powerhouse clubs.

“Cronulla to go and join St George Illawarra, make it a really big southern Sydney team that stretches down to Wollongong,” Fittler said.

He continued that the Tigers and Panthers could form a powerful alliance in greater western Sydney.

“I just don’t know if they’ve done what they’re supposed to do and I feel like maybe if we had a greater west team ... it just feels like, are they at Leichhardt, or Burwood, or Concord, or out at Campbelltown?

“I’m not sure. I don’t think we pay Campbelltown area enough respect. Whether we have an outer-west team and that includes Penrith, and they take up that Penrith-Campbelltown area.

“I’m not really sure who they link with but at the moment, we’ve got a bit of an identity crisis, I think, through a few of those areas.”



  1. Roosters and rabbits should merge. Imagine the self loathing. Dragons and sharks are barely viable as it is. One needs to die for the other to survive. Not merge. Bad idea for so many reasons.

  2. It’s a no brainer.
    Merge south’s and Roosters, Cronulla and St George, Tigers and Panthers & kick the Warriors out.

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