They're an expansion club themselves, so it's not surprising the Canberra Raiders have played a role in the Redcliffe Dolphins' bid to become the 17th NRL team. The Dolphins are the favourites to join the pinnacle of club rugby league if the ARL Commission decides to go ahead with expansion. They're currently mulling that over as the usual complaints and demand for compensation comes from clubland. Raiders chief executive Don Furner has repeatedly said they're not opposed to expansion - especially since they're an expansion club themselves, having joined the competition in 1982. Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the Green Machine's maiden season in the NRL, with the club and the ACT government already making plans to celebrate the occasion.