The Redcliffe Dolphins have emerged as the bold new player in rugby league’s expansion battle.
The Dolphins bring a substance to the fight that none of the other contenders can match, given their history, successful licensed club and strong junior league.
While the Brisbane Bombers, Central Queensland, Western Corridor and Perth bid teams have made plenty of noise, the Dolphins have been going about trying to win another state league title.
At the same time the Redcliffe boys have been looking at the big picture, and it is not the first time they have moved in that direction.
Jones said a Dolphins side in the NRL would play at Suncorp Stadium initially but a major stadium near the northern rail line is believed to be in the pipeline.
“We are not getting ahead of ourselves though and will not spend any more funds until we find out if the NRL is serious about adding another side, and, if so, whether they want a team in Queensland’s southeast corner,” he said.
NRL chief executive David Gallop has indicated 2015 would be the earliest year for expansion.
Jones doubts whether league can handle two new teams, hence the Dolphins’ decision not to rule out being part of a relocation exercise.