Sport Dolphins will not change name says boss
Redcliffe confirmed as 17th NRL club
Redcliffe, to be known as The Dolphins, will join the NRL from 2023 after league headquarters confirmed they have been granted the league's 17th licence.The Australian Rugby League Commission on Wednesday announced it had approved both the expansion of the competition and Redcliffe - to be known as The Dolphins - as the successful bid ahead of other expansion hopefuls Brisbane Firehawks and Brisbane Jets.
The NRL's latest expansion club will be known simply as the Dolphins, despite outspoken criticism from a key partner of the Redcliffe-based organisation.
Moreton Bay Regional Council mayor Peter Flannery is the latest critic, after the NRL announcement of the competition's 17th franchise last week came without any link to a geographical area in the team name.
Flannery has claimed the council understood the club would be known as the Moreton Bay Dolphins if the bid was successful and was threatening to withdraw financial support if the name isn't changed.
NRL's new team to be known as Dolphins
The NRL's newest franchise will be called the "Dolphins", with the league opting for no reference to Brisbane or Redcliffe in their name.Fresh off their elevation to becoming the NRL's 17th franchise after 33 years of planning, questions lingered over the club's name.
Dolphins Group chief executive Tony Murphy was, however, unapologetic in his stance as the club announced the signing of Wayne Bennett as head coach on Thursday, categorically ruling out any geographical association being attached to the team's name.
"We will push Moreton Bay every day of the week but we're a national brand now," Murphy said.
"The Redcliffe Dolphins will always survive, they will play in the Queensland Cup.
"The Dolphins is a national brand and we're going to treat it like a national brand.
"That's the name that we're going to stay with."
Murphy said he had a long-standing personal relationship with Flannery and was confident he will be able to soothe the situation with the local council.
He denied any suggestion that calling the team simply the Dolphins was forced on the bid by NRL and ARL Commission powers such as Peter V'Landys.
Dolphins hint at big names on 2023 hit list
The Dolphins have won the right to play in the NRL in 2023, and now the club must begin compiling a roster ready to compete.That means assembling 30 top-class players to form a squad from which a 17-man team can be picked before Round 1... in about 17 months' time.
The New Zealand-based Warriors are the only other NRL club to not have a locality attached to their name.
Murphy said the most important part of the club's branding was the logo they'd fought to deny Gold Coast using when they joined the competition in 2007.
"They ring us probably a night before it was going to be announced that they were going to be the Gold Coast Dolphins," Murphy said.
"We didn't know a lot about brands back in those days, but we did know that we wanted to keep the Dolphin and we wanted to play in the NRL. That was our goal.
"What we did do was a lot of research and after that research told us that the Dolphin was the most powerful IP that we had.
"For us to not to go with the Dolphins would be silly.
"It's such a good brand.
"It's very good for children, very good for newcomers - people that want to come into the game love a dolphin - mum's love a dolphin, we all love them.
"That's pretty much the reason why we chose it and we had to lock it in."
Tony Visconti says David Bowie's Toy is a 'ghost album' .
David Bowie's longtime collaborator Tony Visconti has described the late singer's album 'Toy' as a "ghost" record.The previously unheard collection - which was recorded in 2001 and will finally get an official release next month as part of the 'Brilliant Adventure (1992–2001)' boxset - features three new songs as well as new versions of some of the late legend's early material.