NRL needs to help its foundations
RUGBY LEAGUE: When Clarence Valley Council Director Corporate Ashley Lindsay was forwarded a link to an article that suggested North Sydney Bears could potentially move to the Gold Coast and back into the NRL, he was sporting a large smile.
The council worker was a former Bears first grader throughout the mid-to-late 1980s and said “he bleeds the black and red”.
For Lindsay the chance to see his proud club return to top flight football is a long awaited dream come true.
“I think it’s a good thing,” Lindsay said. “North Sydney are a strong club, they have a strong leagues club behind them in North Sydney and I am pretty sure they still own the Seagulls Leagues Club in Tweed Heads.
“I think all the foundations and history of a club that was formed in 1908, if they can get themselves back into the NRL, which is the top tier of rugby league competitions, that will be good for the Gold Coast and for the Bears..”
The move to the Gold Coast would see the Bears resurrect a struggling Gold Coast Titans club who are currently under administration of the NRL.
“I guess it is going to be difficult for the Titans camp – they have got a good solid following of people up on the Gold Coast and it will be a sort of loss of identity for them,” Lindsay said.
“I know a few players who play for the Titans as well.
There are a number of local boys who play in the lower grades for the Titans and Luke Douglas and Anthony Don who are both in the first grade squad.
“I know if the Bears did move to the Gold Coast it would give me a chance to go to more games.
North Sydney Bears legend and general manager Greg Florimo told The Daily Examiner that the rumours are just that.
“It would be nice to play first grade rugby league again, that is what we have been trying to get for a number of years now,” Florimo said.
“But there have been no formal talks around this issue and they will remain rumours at this stage. But watch this space in the near future.”
Florimo also remembered playing alongside Lindsay in the early stages of his career.
“He was a tough competitor playing in the middle of the field, he would line up at hooker and always be in the thick of it,” he said..
“I was only a young fella coming up through the ranks when I met Ash Lindsay. He was a good mentor for me, he was one of the leaders and senior players in the club.
“I really admired his work rate and effort on field.”