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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:11 am    Post subject: Bears set for shock NRL return Reply with quote

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Bears set for shock NRL return
Written by THE MOLE,
Rugby League Week
February 24, 2016

THE North Sydney Bears are set for a shock return to top flight football – via the Gold Coast.

RLW has learned that there are moves for the Bears to buy out the struggling Titans franchise – and rename the team the Gold Coast Bears.

The team will continue to play out of the Gold Coast, but may also take several games a season to the Bears' home base on the NSW Central Coast.

The Titans went into voluntary administration last year and the club is currently being administered by the NRL.

The NRL would love for someone to take over the running of the team, and the Bears – who last played in the big league in 1999 – are keen to take up the challenge.

Officials are remaining tight-lipped about the takeover but top secret moves are underway behind the scenes.

The Titans will remain as they are for this season, but could well be known as the Gold Coast Bears by next season.



The Bears already have a presence on the Gold Coast, with the massive Seagulls Leagues Club in Tweed Heads owned by North Sydney Leagues Club, whose finances keep the Bears alive.

North Sydney still have a team in the NSW Cup and teams at junior level, but died as a top grade club after an ill-fated venture with Manly – known as the Northern Eagles – collapsed in 2002.

The NRL is keen to see top class league on the NSW Central Coast – a massive growth area – and the return of the Bears would be the first step towards this.
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http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/titans/gold-coast-chief-executive-graham-annesley-says-takeover-talk-a-credit-to-titans-turnaround/news-story/70e3a2d1673e9b3149fcfc1952134f87
Gold Coast Chief Executive Graham Annesley Says Takeover Talk A Credit To Titans Turnaround
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TAKEOVER rumours surrounding Gold Coast are a sign of how much the NRL club has turned itself around in 12 months, Titans chief executive Graham Annesley says.

A year ago the Titans were in turmoil, with the club placed into voluntary administration and taken over by the NRL.

Since then Annesley and a new board of directors have worked to restore the Titans' shattered off-field reputation.

The club celebrated their 2016 season launch on Tuesday, with Annesley announcing construction work on a new headquarters at the Parkwood International Golf Course was already underway.

The launch was held with rumours surfacing that North Sydney Bears were apparently preparing a takeover bid for the club. The Bears, who have been attempting to return to the NRL for over a decade, reportedly see acquiring the Titans as their way back into the competition.

If successful, it's reported the club would be rebranded the Gold Coast Bears and split their home games between Gold Coast and the NSW Central Coast.

North Sydney Leagues Club own the Tweed Heads Seagulls Leagues Club which has an affiliation with the Titans.

Current board member Darryl Kelly is also reportedly considering buying back into the club despite losing millions of dollars in last year's voluntary administration decision.

The NRL said it was actively accepting offers from potential buyers and did not want to be a long-term holder of the Titans licence.

"The NRL has had very preliminary talks with several parties which have expressed interest in the Titans but those talks are still in the very early stages," an NRL spokesman said.

Annesley wouldn't discuss the Bears rumours but said he's not surprised there's interest in the club.

"The reason I came to this club is I believe it's got enormous untapped potential," Annesley said.

"Others would see that as well.

"I'd be very surprised if the level of interest is limited just to the rumours that are circulating at the moment."
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The Bold Plan To Bring North Sydney Bears Back To NRL Via Gold Coast Titans
Adrian Proszenko
Chief Rugby League Reporter
February 24, 2016 - 10:00PM


Bears legend: Greg Florimo. Photo: Phil Hearne


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Central Coast Bears CEO Greg Florimo believes the Gold Coast franchise will succeed if the NRL gives the green light to his organisation's bold proposal to partner with the Titans and rebrand the franchise as the Gold Coast Bears.

The NRL is the holder of the Titans' licence but has indicated it has no desire to remain in that position in the long term. Previous league incarnations on the holiday strip - the Chargers, Giants and Seagulls - have all folded as the club struggles to gain a foothold in the competitive Queensland sporting market.

The Central Coast Bears, controversially pipped for the NRL licence that was handed to the Titans in 2007, are one of the budding franchises should the governing body expand beyond 16 teams. To this point, their proposition has been for admission as a stand-alone team, although their strategy has evolved to include the prospect of a partnership with an existing team.

To that end, the Bears are proposing to head office the prospect of relationship that would result in the Titans wearing the famous red and black colours of North Sydney.

"The Bears are keen to work with any future owners of with the NRL's Gold Coast franchise to build a viable and sustainable club with a local and national support base on the Gold Coast," Florimo said. "We believe this is a positive wonderful story for the rugby league community, and most importantly, a proposal that makes sound business sense. While the Bears' focus in recent years has been on winning a licence for the Central Coast Bears we recognise the repeated statements from the NRL that expansion is not on the its agenda in the foreseeable future.

"Accordingly, we have been exploring other avenues for the Bears to re-enter the NRL and have held exploratory talks with a number of organisations, including the Titans. Let me be clear, we are not seeking a takeover of the Gold Coast Titans, nor are we contemplating a sale from the NRL. What we are keen to exploring is a way the Bears can add to the viability of a Gold Coast team by providing the history of a Foundation Club brand; a loyal fan-base in Sydney's north; a growing base of supporters on the Central Coast; Gold Coast infrastructure through the Bear's' 50 per cent ownership of the Tweed Heads Leagues Club.

"We believe that our involvement would have tangible benefits in terms of television audiences, increased Sydney crowds and a significant larger market for sponsors and merchandise."

The potential return of the Bears, albeit in a different guise, would likely bring back a legion of fans that left the game disenfranchised by their omission from the competition. The development raises the prospect of occasional games being played on the Central Coast or at North Sydney Oval. "We are also highly sensitive to the passion and commitment of the Titans' existing fan base and want to develop ways to work with them to build a club that does their region proud," he said.

"But our starting proposition is that a Gold Coast NRL team, called the Bears, wearing red and black and tapped into three passionate communities provides any future owners with the best possible chance of success. We have been developing a plan to support the Gold Coast in this way over the past six months. The NRL's announcement that it will be looking to sell the franchise has prompted us to go public with our offer of support.

"Details of how the Bears could be involved in the franchise will need to be determined over the coming months. Today we say we look forward to working in good faith with anyone who is passionate about the NRL succeeding on the Gold Coast."

An NRL spokesperson stated: "The NRL has had very preliminary talks with several parties which have expressed interest in the Titans but those talks are still in the very early stages. No decision has been made or is currently being considered about the future ownership of the club."
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NRL Needs To Help Its Foundations
CVC director corporate Lindsay supports a rumoured move for North Sydney Bears
Matthew Elkerton (Matthew.Elkerton@dailyexaminer.com.au)
The Daily Examiner
26 Feb 2016

It would be nice to play first grade rugby league again. — Greg Florimo

LEGENDS: North Sydney Bears legend and current president Greg Florimo has fond memories of playing with Clarence Valley Council Director Corporate Ashley Lindsay in the mid-80s.

RUGBY LEAGUE: When Clarence Valley Council Director Corporate Ashley Lindsay was forwarded a link to an article that suggested North Sydney Bears could potentially move to the Gold Coast and back into the NRL, he was sporting a large smile.

The council worker was a former Bears first grader throughout the mid-to-late 1980s and said “he bleeds the black and red”.

For Lindsay the chance to see his proud club return to top flight football is a long awaited dream come true.

“I think it’s a good thing,” Lindsay said. “North Sydney are a strong club, they have a strong leagues club behind them in North Sydney and I am pretty sure they still own the Seagulls Leagues Club in Tweed Heads.

“I think all the foundations and history of a club that was formed in 1908, if they can get themselves back into the NRL, which is the top tier of rugby league competitions, that will be good for the Gold Coast and for the Bears..”

The move to the Gold Coast would see the Bears resurrect a struggling Gold Coast Titans club who are currently under administration of the NRL.

“I guess it is going to be difficult for the Titans camp – they have got a good solid following of people up on the Gold Coast and it will be a sort of loss of identity for them,” Lindsay said.

“I know a few players who play for the Titans as well.

There are a number of local boys who play in the lower grades for the Titans and Luke Douglas and Anthony Don who are both in the first grade squad.

“I know if the Bears did move to the Gold Coast it would give me a chance to go to more games.

North Sydney Bears legend and general manager Greg Florimo told The Daily Examiner that the rumours are just that.

“It would be nice to play first grade rugby league again, that is what we have been trying to get for a number of years now,” Florimo said.

“But there have been no formal talks around this issue and they will remain rumours at this stage. But watch this space in the near future.”

Florimo also remembered playing alongside Lindsay in the early stages of his career.

“He was a tough competitor playing in the middle of the field, he would line up at hooker and always be in the thick of it,” he said..

“I was only a young fella coming up through the ranks when I met Ash Lindsay. He was a good mentor for me, he was one of the leaders and senior players in the club.

“I really admired his work rate and effort on field.”

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Bears go north for NRL spot
Central Coast Express Advocate
Wyong
26 Feb 2016

GREG Florimo said he was keeping the Central Coast “top of mind” as the Bears investigate the possibility of buying out the National Rugby League’s franchise on the Gold Coast.

Mr Florimo, general manager of the North Sydney Bears and boss of the Central Coast Bears bid for an NRL team, confirmed he was seeking a meeting with the game’s governing body.

“It has become quite clear that expansion is not on the agenda for the NRL,” Mr Florimo (pictured) said.

“The priority for them is to look at the current clubs and ensure their sustainability.

“With that in mind, the North Sydney Bears decided to explore other options, keeping the Central Coast top of mind at all times.”

He said a lot of what had been in the media in recent days was speculation.

However, if the bid is successful, he said, the Bears would look at playing “a number” of games at Central Coast Stadium.

“We know the NRL is not in the business of owning football clubs. What the (Bears) brand brings is sustainability and the ability to grow in a number of markets,” Mr Florimo said.

The Bears already have infrastructure on the Gold Coast through their owner- ship of Tweed Heads Leagues Club.

An NRL spokesman said it would look to sell the club and ensure future ownership was right for the club, the Gold Coast community and the game.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Bears last game at North Sydney Oval (or is it?), with Gary Larson and Jason Taylor.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Serendipity wrote:
Facebook Video

https://www.facebook.com/123299644727683/videos/132697217121259/
Gold Coast Bears [Fan website]

The Bears last game at North Sydney Oval (or is it?), with Gary Larson and Jason Taylor.
#historyhappens #bringbackthebears
Some great historic videos have been popping up on the Gold Coast Bears facebook page.
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