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Gallop happy about NRL grand final bids

By David Beniuk 28/10/2009 09:33:01 PM Comments (0)

NRL boss David Gallop says the league would be "mad" if it didn't consider offers to move the grand final to Brisbane or even Melbourne.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said on Wednesday her government would be "playing hard" to attract the game's showpiece amid reports the state would be prepared to pay up to six times as much as NSW does to host the event.

"It's no secret, we would love to host future NRL grand finals here in Queensland and we'll be playing hard to get them here," Ms Bligh said in a statement.

"We've got the fans, we've got the facilities, and we're a great holiday destination - where better place to host a grand final?"

The NRL's deal with the NSW state government, worth $500,000 a year, expires in 2012.

"It's not just about money but major events are things that state governments are chasing and we'd be mad not to have an open mind about that, particularly given the strength of the game already in Queensland," Gallop told AAP on Wednesday night.

Gallop said he had been in "preliminary discussions" with Queensland's major events body after exchanging correspondence with Ms Bligh earlier in the year.

He said no figure had yet been discussed, although the Seven Network reported between $2-3 million was a possibility for a single grand final.

Gallop also said the traditionally non-league state of Victoria was also a potential host state, although he was yet to have any discussions with officials.

"We've had a very successful relationship with Victoria in relation to State of Origin," he said.

"Potentially I expect that they'll be interested.

"At this stage it's a more logical fit for Queensland with three (NRL) teams up there but I'm not discarding anything at this stage."

Gallop said the Super Bowl model in the US had proved a grand final played by two "away" teams could work, but he was mindful of a backlash from traditionalists.

"Certainly that's something to take into account, and that's not something that we would do lightly," he said.

"We accept that the traditional home of the grand final is Sydney but we're going into this with an open mind."

But Gallop expected NSW would not let the game go without a fight.

"I'm comfortable that the NSW government recognise the value of the grand final and I don't think they'd be letting it walk out of Sydney without putting up a good argument to keep it here."

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