It’s a question that’s been raised by a lot of football fans in recent months, as the N-league’s popularity has taken a nosedive.
“What’s the point in investing if the league isn’t sustainable?” you might be asking.
The answer is: not at all.
In fact, a new franchise is already being built in South Australia’s north-west.
The Gold Coast Jets are currently in the process of being bought by Chinese investors, with the announcement of the team’s inaugural season coming in early 2017.
The club’s CEO, Graham Stewart, has spoken about the need to revitalise the game’s grassroots, with a focus on the young and the under-25s.
“The kids, the under 25s, the kids that haven’t had a chance to get a footy, they’re the ones that are going to benefit most from this,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I think this is a chance for us to show our kids that we can deliver something that’s not just a novelty for kids.”
“We’ve got the biggest club in the league.
It’s not like you’re just sitting on a lot and saying ‘oh, we’re just going to make a few changes’.
This is a very serious investment.”
The Gold Coast has already announced plans for an outdoor stadium in the Gold Coast, with plans to expand the stadium into a fully-fledged club by 2020.
The club has also set its sights on the State League, the Australian Super League, and a new competition between the A-League and the NPL.
Stewart has said the club will not only support the growth of the game in South-East Queensland, but also the development of the Gold Country’s indigenous population.
“It’s not about a league in South Queensland, it’s not a league that’s just about one team.
We’re not looking at the AFL or the NRL,” he said.
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If it becomes a major part of the community, if the community is involved, then we’ll be happy.”
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“The AFL is the biggest football league in the world, so the AFL has got a responsibility to protect its interests in South East Queensland,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said at the time.
“A lot of the work that’s being done to address these issues is happening at the local level and I think that’s what’s driving our push to do that.”
There’s not really a mechanism that the AFL is going to be able to follow through with.
The AFL is a national organisation and the State Government is the governing body of South East South Australia.
“The way that the game is being run is a bit like that.
It doesn’t look like it’s being managed by the AFL.
We know that the State of South Australia has the most players of any state in the country, so we’re not in a position where we’re getting to a position of saying ‘we want you to be a part of this’.” Steward told the Herald he expects the Gold Coasters will make the NSL “a huge success” and the NRL to continue to grow.
He has also said the NAB will continue to be the “primary authority” for the game.
And there is a big chance of a return to the NPA, the body that once had a monopoly on the league and its governance.
A number of AFL clubs have been embroiled in a legal battle with the NRL over the future of the National Rugby League.
The NRL recently pulled its support from the NWA after the AFL and the AFL Players’ Association launched a joint complaint against the league, arguing it was not in the best interests of its players.
After the AFL lost in court, the NRL announced that it was considering an appeal against the decision.
In the wake of the ruling, the NPSL and the NFL agreed to a new governance structure in 2017, which included the NRL as the governing authority of the competition.
Meanwhile, the AFL’s Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday to discuss the future direction of the NRL and the league’s future in South West Queensland.
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