From the very outside looking in, it appears to me that the NRL's ongoing operational plan for the future is to let any clubs that fall into financial trouble fold (no further bail outs) and then take the licence from them and give it to a new franchise. Following what happened with Souths, I do not think they have the balls to force anyone out, they will rely on natural attrition. So getting the number of Sydney teams reduced could be a long work in progress.I'd rather a club struggle for a couple of years than see a shitty club sent to a new market, and expect those new fans to support said shitty club.
Hi Perth! Here's your Sharks. You should love them, they have a shit history, they have a single premiership with a giant star next to it, they were done for drugs, they love cheating. Enjoy!