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The Redcliffe Dolphins are set to become the 17th NRL side in 2023, beating the Firehawks and Jets in the process.

The CourierMail has reported that the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) is set to formally reveal the $70 million powerhouse to become Brisbane’s second NRL team.

Last week, ARL Commission chair Peter V’landys informed the NRL’s 16 existing clubs of the decision to introduce a 17th team into the competition following a $50 million surplus for the league.

According to the News Corp report, veteran coach Wayne Bennett is the likeliest candidate to become the Dolphins’ new head coach, whilst the club possesses $70 million worth of assets with $20 million cash reserves.

The Dolphins will be based in Redcliffe, approximately 40km from Brisbane’s CBD. However, the club reportedly won’t use “Redcliffe” in its name.

“The Dolphins have a detailed 100-day plan ready to initiate as soon as we are awarded an NRL licence to ensure we can be highly competitive from what could be our very first season in 2023.” Dolphins leader Terry Reader told News Corp last week.

“The Dolphins are NRL ready and can start tomorrow.”

The Dolphins will effectively have a year to create a 30-player senior squad and coaching staff before pre-season gets underway in November 2022.

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