Expansion hopefuls the Brisbane Firehawks and the Brisbane Jets are unaware of any decision being made amid reports rival Redcliffe is the preferred bid for the NRL's 17th licence.
The ARL Commission (ARLC) is expected to make a call on who will be the competition's newest team in coming days.
The Dolphins are the favourites to win the race with News Corp reporting on Monday the NRL's expansion assessment committee (EAC) had chosen them as the preferred bid following a meeting last Friday.
The Firehawks and Jets both denied being aware of any decision being made.
Jets chief executive Nick Livermore said the bid hasn't had any communication with the EAC apart from an email in August and an initial meeting that month in which all three bids pitched directly to the commission.
The ARLC confirmed in September to go ahead with expansion.
A meeting with existing club chiefs earlier this month sealed the deal for the NRL to go ahead with a 17th team in 2023.
It will be the first expansion of the competition since the addition of the Gold Coast Titans in 2007.
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