AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 05: The Sydney Roosters celebrate winning the 2017 Auckland Nines final between The Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers at Eden Park on February 5, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Simon Watts/Getty Images)

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Newcastle, Melbourne and Perth are all set to contest the hosting rights for the return of the NRL Nines club competition.

The tournament was last hosted in Auckland in 2017 and will most likely return in February of next year, subject to government investment.

New South Wales is looking to host the two-day event at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, the current home ground of the Newcastle Knights.

Victoria is also in the mix, with Melbourne’s AAMI Park looking like the most suitable venue for the event.

Perth’s Optus Stadium, host of game two of the State of Origin Series this year, has also been put forward by Western Australia.

The return of the concept was supported in-principle by club chiefs through a meeting conducted during Magic Round.

Broadcasters had expressed an interest in the competition returning, with clubs satisfied if the financial rewards were there.

The NRL is hoping the prize money offered throughout the tournament, will be enough of an incentive for clubs to pick their best players for these matches.

The success of Magic Round in Brisbane has led the governing body to explore more options for innovative content.

More than 134,000 fans attended the round with many of those coming from interstate.

Queensland was ruled out of contention to host the Nines next year, due to hosting Magic Round this season.

Bankwest Stadium in Western Sydney was also not considered, since it is set to host the Rugby League World Cup 9s in October of this year.

The Sydney Roosters were the last holders of the Nines Title, winning it in Auckland in 2017.

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  1. Hopefully, the clubs do field strong sides, the 9’s would be a spectacle in that case.

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