Byline: Peter Badel Travis Meyn
THE NRL has taken the most significant step yet towards a May 28 relaunch after promising talks yesterday between Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and ARLC chairman Peter V'landys.
News Corp can reveal the Project Apollo mission is set for take-off with V'landys poised to defy the odds - and some stinging criticism - by reviving the NRL premiership after positive high-level negotiations with Palaszczuk.
A well-placed source close to negotiations told News Corp: "The meeting was one small step for Queensland ... and a giant leap forward for the NRL." V'landys and Palaszczuk held a telephone hook-up around 3pm yesterday. The discussions lasted 30 minutes and were described as "intense at times", but the talks concluded with the Queensland premier keen to support V'landys in his plan to relaunch the NRL on May 28.
Palaszczuk was keen to find a workable solution with V'landys to help resuscitate the NRL.
Palaszczuk was regarded as the major impediment to the NRL resuming after her hardline stance on Queensland's border controls which, in their current form, make interstate travel for the NRL's 16 teams impossible.
Queensland's three teams, the Broncos, Cowboys and Titans, all faced the prospect of moving south of the border to keep the NRL's competition dream alive.
But after meeting yesterday, the Queensland premier found common ground in positive dialogue with V'landys. Palaszczuk told the ARLC chairman a "workable plan" for NRL travel would be discussed by the National Cabinet, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison, this Friday.
If the plan is formally approved, Queensland's teams will stay home and the border will be opened for all NRL travel.
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