While Warriors CEO Cameron George said returning to Mount Stadium for 2022 was the preference that option had become unrealistic due to the ongoing border volatility created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After spending most of 2020 and 2021 in camp in Terrigal, George said the Australian Rugby League Commission and the NRL had approved the Warriors' second-choice option to move their operation to Queensland.
"Our dream hasn't changed - we'd love to be back in Auckland playing at home in front of our families, members, fans and sponsors next year but we also have to ensure everyone here has some stability in their lives," George said.
"With the pre-season starting in early November, we don't have much time to work with.
"We can't get our players, staff and families back to New Zealand in the foreseeable future so we need to have a base here, not to mention considering all the needs of our players, families and staff like accommodation, schools and job opportunities for partners."
George said the club's partnership with the Redcliffe Dolphins was the key to the proposal.
"We joined forces with the Dolphins two years ago and this wouldn't have been possible without the help of Tony Murphy (Dolphins CEO) and our friends at the club," he said.
"The Dolphins have got great facilities for our training needs and a wonderful venue in the Moreton Daily Stadium for the home games we'll play there.
"This gives us some certainty about our plans for 2022. We couldn't be more grateful.
"At the same time, we are leaving the option open to play games back home.
"Our members and fans have waited so long.
"We had to cancel plans to play the Bulldogs in Auckland in August and that really hurt.
"We're just hoping the landscape will settle down to enable us to play five or six of our home games in New Zealand during the 2022 season."
Sports Journalist for South Coast Register and Milton-Ulladulla Times, who loves all things sport and travel. All views are my own.
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