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NRL would be “silly” not to look at Storm for overseas venture

The opportunity to play an NRL game in Los Angeles next year is “exciting”, according to Melbourne Storm CEO Dave Donaghy.

The Storm have flagged their interest in taking a game to the United States, which would be played a week before the opening round of the 2019 NRL season.

Speaking on Afternoons, Donaghy said the Storm were “always keen to play on the big stadiums” and re-affirmed his commitment to exploring the venture in the coming months.

“If it’s something that’s mapped out and well thought through, it would be extremely successful,” he said.

“As an organisation, our fanbase stretches well beyond Melbourne and Australia. We’re one of a few clubs the NRL are looking at for this but if you’re going to go down this road, you’d be silly not to look at the most liveable city and the club that plays in it.

“We’re very interested to sit down with the NRL if they’re interested and work out the logistics such as the commercial opportunities that might exist beyond that.

“Given the US passion for NFL football, it actually leans quite well to potentially creating a further support base for our club.”

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