The Dragons are the team to beat, the Raiders are the dark-horses, Robbie Farah will win the Dally M and Beau Champion is the best signing for 2011 according to a poll of NRL Club Members at today’s NRL Club Members Forum at Casula, in south-west Sydney.

With record numbers of members continuing to sign up for the 2011 season, the NRL Club Members Forum has become a popular and important event that brings together NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, members of the NRL Management team and NRL Club Members to discuss the issues that matter most to the game’s most loyal and passionate supporters.

Scheduling, ticket access and game-day experiences were among the most debated topics at today’s forum, which also featured discussions regarding expansion, rules of the game, junior development, the game’s governance structure and TV rights.

“It’s important to understand the issues that really matter to our members and it was great today to be able to throw the door open and look at ways we can enhance their game-day experience,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said.

“Members are the most important fans in our game and I was impressed with the way the group understood the decisions we have made across the game.

“As more and more supporters make a connection with their club by becoming members we will continue to provide new and innovative ways for them to engage with the game’s decision-makers.”

Raiders member Kenrick Winchester, who raised the prospect of fixed scheduling as a key issue for Canberra members, said: “It was a good opportunity to hear from David Gallop and a few of the other NRL managers and be able to share what we think the issues are.

“We felt very privileged to be there representing Raiders fans and their views.”

Roosters member Wayne Perkins added: “It’s great for the NRL to put on something like this for the members and give us the chance to express our views.

“It was a fantastic day. David Gallop showed a lot of honesty and integrity in the way he addressed all the issues raised by the members.”

With two days until the start of the 2011 Telstra Premiership, there is still time to become an NRL Club Member before the season kicks off.

To become a member, log on to www.nrl.com/membership, call the NRL Membership hotline on 1300 NRL NRL, SMS 0429 SIGNUP or contact your favourite NRL club.

Click here to watch the video from the NRL Club Members Forum