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Incredible Grand Final twist as owner launches audacious bid to host

Melbourne Storm chairman Matt Tripp is trying to get the NRL Grand Final to be played at the MCG.

Tripp is launching the audacious bid given the COVID situation in Sydney and Queensland, with the Daily Telegraph’s Paul Kent revealing on NRL360 on Fox League that Tripp is attempting to outbid others and take the profits for himself.

“They (the NRL) have got force majeure – unforeseen circumstances which make the contract no longer valid,” Kent said.

“We have heard the Queensland government are interested, NSW still want to host the grand final, Craig Bellamy came out earlier in the week to push the GF to Melbourne.

“Matt Tripp, as an independent owner, wants to give the NRL a cheque and, like a boxing promoter, say: ‘here you go, there’s your money and I’ll go and put on the grand final’.

“He can see what he can pick up himself and he wants to fill the MCG. The Victorian government will be sitting back at the moment with this Steven Bradbury approach, hoping the others fill up with Covid-19 cases and thus giving the NRL no other choice but to take it to Victoria.”

It would be an incredible twist to an extremely difficult season, and, with Storm currently leading the competition, it could be a chance for Tripp to host the event with his own side playing.

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