Dragons rumour has wings, could join 2016/17
WHERE there is smoke ... NBL fans of South Dragons and South East Melbourne Magic can cross their fingers because the second license in Melbourne appears likely to see one name re-emerge.
My (e)mail is that under Fraser Neill's stewardship, the Magic group had the front-running but with Neill gone, NBL Chairman, Czar Nicholas the Marvelous, is looking more favorably at the return of the Dragons.
Cowan loved his club and indicated at the time he might consider a return "down the track".Full story
My word is we are "down the track" and that any potential bid with which he is involved has a head start on the Magic.
The coach for the new Dragons?
Brian Goorjian would be the target, with Mark Worthington most likely lured across from Melbourne United to add a second face connected to the former franchise.
If the league takes the only-power-clubs path, then the Dragons are a good option. Under Cowan, their branding was always excellent and their marketing on-message. It would be positive for the league to have the Wildcats and Dragons locked down as having their image and marketing sorted. I personally put the Hawks in that category, but have more confidence in the individual(s) responsible than the club itself - they get excellent value there.
(I'd really like to see Adelaide get their brand and everything premium across the board. Too many things look cheap to me.)
Boti's story notes the Dragons are unlikely to be ready for next season. Brisbane in for Townsville would keep it an eight-team league in that case for another year. Keep Townsville talk in the other thread though please.