The Western Australian Rugby League is toying with an audacious plan to enter a team in Super League after the Australian National Rugby League put its expansion plans on hold.
The WARL launched the West Coast Pirates in June with a view to entering the NRL when the competition was next opened up to new teams. They were among seven potential bidders, including ones from Port Moresby and New Zealand, but all were disappointed when the new Australian Rugby League Commission indicated they will put off any expansion until at least 2017 or 2018.
John Sackson, the WARL's chief executive, said his group was in a position where it had to investigate "other options" to help promote the code in Western Australia and the club will consider finding a British city in which to base itself.
"We're looking at all options into the future given the delays with the expansion," Sackson told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"The English Super League is definitely an idea we are exploring. The idea is still in its infancy. We have another board meeting coming up and we'll be looking deeper into that and start asking the relevant questions.
"We're also looking at playing in the Bundaberg Cup. But England has been floated and, while nothing is concrete, it is an idea we have tabled and will look into it."
Western Australia had a team, the Perth Reds, in the old Australian Super League and it took part in the 1997 World Club Championship but folded when the two competitions merged following the end of the Super League war down under.
If it gets off the ground, the plan is likely to face much opposition, with several Super League administrators looking to push for a reduction in the number of teams from 14 to 12.
In addition, leading Championship clubs are still hoping for scrapping of the licensing system and last week the Super League clubs agreed to set up a working party to consider the return of automatic promotion and relegation.