A new report has suggested that the Sharks are in discussions with a new venue in Fairfax.
The report was written by the Australian Rugby League, which has been working with the NRL in relation to their stadium and venue plans.
The NRL said it would be making no comment on the report.
However, Rugby league players are understood to be concerned about the lack of an agreement on their proposed venue and the potential impact on the growth of the game in Sydney.
While the NRL has said the stadium plan will be in place by the end of the year, it is understood that talks with the Sharks have begun and they have not yet signed the agreement.
Rugatory league players have also spoken out against the lack a commitment to fair competition in the league, claiming that the game’s biggest clubs are not giving their full support to the league and are using the game as a cover for the rise of the NRL.
NRL chief executive Dave Smith said on Friday that the league was looking at the possibility of relocating the Sharks, but would not commit to any stadium plans.
“The NRL will always be a player in this process, and we’ll be looking at all the options, but as a player you’d expect us to look at all of them and make sure we’re supporting the game and the players, which is what we’ve been doing,” Smith said.
“We’ll be making our position known to the NRL as we have to, but that doesn’t mean we won’t make our position clear to them when they have the opportunity to discuss the issue with us.”
Ruger league players and supporters have also been angered by the absence of a commitment from the NRL and their desire to see the Sharks move to the north coast.
Earlier this week, a petition with more than 8,000 signatures was launched by the Australian Rugby Union to see that the club relocate to Sydney.
The petition states that the NRL is “no longer a viable option for the Sydney Football Club, which should be owned by the state”.
The petition also states that Sydney is the most likely location for the NRL’s new $1 billion stadium.
A similar petition was launched last year by Rugby League players, who said the Sharks should relocate to the south of the state and build their own stadium.
Smith said the league had received numerous representations from the players in the lead up to the decision to move to Sydney and it was clear the NRL was “aware of the issue and working to address it”.
“There are a lot of reasons why we think Sydney is a better choice than any other location,” Smith told the ABC.
Smith said it was “unacceptable” for the Sharks to not have a stadium plan in place.
“They are a huge club with a huge fan base, and I think it’s a shame that they’re not getting the support that they need in the north of the country,” he said.
“It’s the same with the AFL, they’re also huge clubs and there’s no doubt that the AFL has the support and the backing of the AFL clubs in the south and in Sydney.”
“So we have a big problem here.”