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Bulldogs ready to say bye to Belmore and move to Homebush Bay

By Steve Mascord

June 3, 2005 - Sydney Morning Herald

Bulldogs officials are about to sever the club's 70-year link with Belmore by moving their headquarters to Sydney Olympic Park and signing a 15-season deal with Telstra Stadium. The Herald understands the stadium will announce today that the premiers have extended their lease until 2020 and agreed to move into offices and training facilities nearby until at least 2015. "We're in the process of talking about it but the deal's not completed," Bulldogs chief executive Malcolm Noad said.

"We've been looking at it for some months now. We've been looking at some other options as well but this seems to be the most convenient one at the moment."

It is understood there have been delays coming to agreement with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority about the use of office space and training facilities in the precinct.

The Telstra Stadium deal is thought to be all but completed.

"We need to really finalise the SOPA deal," Noad said. "It makes sense to play, train and administer our football team from the one place."

The Bulldogs recently rejected an offer of a new training and administrative base at Bass Hill. Any hope the NRL had of the Dogs moving to Gosford will die with this lease, though the club would still have the freedom to play the odd game there.

Telstra Stadium chief executive Ken Edwards met the Dogs, South Sydney and Wests Tigers on Tuesday to discuss Gosford but they couldn't agree on a solitary game being shifted there next season. It is thought all four parties are waiting for the NRL to offer funding.

The Bulldogs have trained at Belmore since entering the competition as Canterbury Bankstown in 1935, though they played in different parts of Sydney in their debut season while waiting for work on their home ground to be completed.

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