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NRL 'blindsided' clubs with expansion call — it sparked fears of a player feeding frenzy

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A second Brisbane team is just a fortnight away from officially being announced but not everyone is happy.

It was reported on Thursday that the NRL is preparing to confirm the Brisbane expansion side as the competition's 17th franchise the week after the grand final.

It came after the ARL Commission reportedly approved the financial viability of the expansion team but one final roadblock remains.

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The NRL is yet to meet with all 16 teams, who were "blindsided" by the report on Thursday according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

"One of the things that was promised to the clubs was the process would be collaborative, that they would come to the clubs and involve the clubs, so it would be disappointing if we're told it's all done," one club official told The Herald.

That final step will begin on Friday and continue over the next week.

As The Australian's Brent Read explained on Triple M, that is where things could get complicated.

"There was a commission meeting yesterday and the expectation was at that meeting we would have a definitive answer from the commission on whether they'd go ahead with it," he said on Thursday night.

"They haven't given that publicly because they still need to talk to the clubs. They've said they'll take the clubs along with them on the journey but you can take it as read out of that commission meeting they made the decision to press the go button on expansion. It will happen.

"The clubs I'm sure will kick up a little stink and try squeeze some money from the NRL over it. They're not overly happy over the way it's all been handled."

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