Why NRL’s nomads prefer NSW base over Queensland
Finally, the Central Coast could have its own full time NRL side.
News Corp can reveal the majority of New Zealand Warriors players have told the club of a strong desire to spurn Redcliffe in Queensland and return full-time to Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast for next season's NRL premiership.
With the expected shift back into an Australian quarantine bubble come stipulations, which include:
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* Families must travel and stay with players; a request that is non-negotiable.
* Players will remain in a bubble but move out of this year's resort accommodation - Star of the Sea - and live in apartments and homes throughout the Central Coast community.
* Players receive rental assistance.
* A chunk of the New Zealand Warriors head office would leave Auckland and relocate in Australia, primarily game day and social media employees.
* Warriors players will fly home on Monday week - a day after their final game against Manly - and remain in New Zealand for early off-season training and then Christmas before returning to Australia in early January.
* The club would shift to Australia for 10 months next year unless a vaccine can be discovered.
Several Warriors players are from the Central Coast with others from Sydney. They claim to enjoy the "freedom" of Terrigal.
The NRL and Warriors are also considering a move to Redcliffe, another idyllic ocean location 28km northeast of the Brisbane CBD.
Warriors and Redcliffe Dolphins officials have spoken and it is understood the Redcliffe option would be cheaper than Terrigal.
If players' families are not allowed into Australia by next season through Government biosecurity restrictions, as has been the case this season, Warriors players would seriously consider remaining in Auckland.
One player confirmed the team would not return to Australia in 2021 without loved ones, saying: "No family, no travel."
Queensland's border restrictions are also concerning the Warriors. Terrigal - where the Warriors have been based for the past four months - and Redcliffe are the only two locations being considered.
The Warriors are in discussions with NRL management about the looming relocation for 2021.
Given Redcliffe own their ground, shifting to Queensland would be financially prudent for the Warriors. An on-site gym is also attractive. The cost to hire Central Coast Stadium is $80,000 a game.
Players though are comfortable at Terrigal and enjoy the beach and open spaces while being just 75 minutes from Sydney for matches. The Warriors have trained at Gosford and Tuggerah while on the Central Coast.
The Warriors would look for office space on the Central Coast for their administration, most likely in Gosford. The club could build their own gym, even in demountable buildings if necessary.
News Corp reached out to Warriors CEO Cameron George but he did not respond.
The Warriors currently carry some power inside the game given the NRL requires a 16-team competition to satisfy broadcasters.
If the Warriors remained at home, the competition would be reduced to seven games a round with an expected reduction in the rich broadcast deal.
Originally published as Why NRL's nomads prefer NSW base over Queensland