Having a gridiron team in Bendigo was first thought of in the early 90s, when Gridiron Victoria was going through its first explosive growth stage. An attempt was made to see if Bendigo had enough interest in starting a team, and joining as an exhibition team. While the team did play two games, one in 1992 and another in 1993, a full team was never established to join the league.
Twenty years later, the idea was again raised, this time through social media. Through the efforts of a few, a foundation group was formed, and they started to train together. In 2012, Gridiron Victoria accepted the Bendigo Dragons as a club which would have the opportunity to compete in the 2013 season.