By Jackson Barron For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 02:30 BST, 2 September 2019 | Updated: 02:32 BST, 2 September 2019
Scott Morrison has slammed Channel 9 for putting his beloved Cronulla Sharks on the chopping block to make way for a second NRL team in Brisbane.
Nine's director of sport Tom Malone said the network wanted to see a second side to rival the Broncos to be introduced in time for the next broadcasting deal in 2023.
The Manly Sea Eagles, Gold Coast Titans and Cronulla Sharks were earmarked as the teams most at risk of being relocated or axed.
But Mr Morrison, who is the Sharks number one ticket holder, rubbished those reports and said the Shire side would survive any attempts to be culled from the roster.
'Channel 9 doesn't run the game, the NRL does,' Mr Morrison told The Daily Telegraph.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured center) at Shark Park on Sunday for Cronulla legend Paul Gallen's last home game of his career
Mr Morrison was a part of the 18,985 strong crowd at Shark Park for Cronulla legend Paul Gallen's last home game of his career, with the Sharks suffering a heartbreaking 15-14 loss to the Canberra Raiders.
He said grass roots suburban fortresses like Shark Park, Leichhardt Oval, Lottoland and Kogarah Park were the core of rugby league culture.
'This is rubbish. Cronulla is here forever. Suburban grounds are the heart and soul of rugby