Gallop on state of the game

David Gallop has spoken to league magazine Big League about various aspects of the game including his thoughts on expansion, membership growth, off-field embarrassments and more.

The National Rugby League CEO said that the immediate focus of the game's governing body is on the current 16 teams but expansion is on the radar for around 2012.

"The first priority at the moment is the health of the existing competition and the clubs within that competition," Gallop said.

Gallop said that the game's commitment to membership growth was extremely positive.

"The fact that we have reached more than 100,000 members for 2009 - the highest number in the game