The 2022 NRL Grand Final could be heading north of the border as disputes between the league and NSW Government drag on.
Reports began to swirl in late July/early August of unrest between the league and the Government after a backflip on stadium upgrades.
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ARLC chairman Peter V’landys said the league wouldn’t hesitate to shift the Grand Final away from Sydney.
“We are in delicate negotiations with the NSW government,” V’landys said.
“All options will be on the table if these negotiations fail.”
On Tuesday night the shift towards a Queensland Grand Final grew with The Daily Telegraph reporting Suncorp Stadium is rated a “60-40 chance” to steal the big game.
V’landys said the decision remains on a “knife’s edge” after holding discussions with both the NSW and QLD Governments on Tuesday.
If Queensland can pull off the coup, it will be the second straight year the ultimate decider will take place at Suncorp Stadium.
The ARL Commission has a meeting on Wednesday afternoon where they’ll make their final decision.
“We are making a final call on Wednesday,” he said.
“I have to be honest, I don’t know the answer right now (on the NRL grand-final venue).
“For the first time in my career I can’t tell you one way or the other.
“We will bite the bullet. Like any good board, we needed more information. We need to have the maximum amount of information to make the best decision we can make.
“This morning we didn’t have enough information. It’s on a knife’s edge. For the first time in my career I can’t tell you one way or the other.”
The threats flew between V’landys and the NSW Government after friction began to brew after stadium upgrade money was taken off the table.
In 2018, under the then leadership of Gladys Berejiklian, the NRL grand final would remain in Sydney until 2042 on the proviso the Olympic venue would receive an $800m upgrade.
Those plans were scrapped during the pandemic with the NRL moving to shift those funds to suburban grounds and V’landys claiming he had received verbal confirmations from Berejiklian and Perrottet for between $250 and $350 million.
“I find it appalling that they’re using human tragedy of the floods to renege on an agreement,” V’Landys told the Sydney Morning Herald.
The 2021 NRL Grand Final took place at Suncorp Stadium, due to Covid-19 forcing the league to relocate North.