Wests Tigers could move to Liverpool as Campbelltown feels out in the cold

Nick Hansen and Peter Way
Liverpool Leader
September 10, 2014 3:52PM

Wests Tigers could be training at a new home in Liverpool in coming years.

LIVERPOOL could be the new Tiger town.

Wests Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer confirmed the south west suburb is a frontrunner to host the club’s administration and training facilities when it leaves Concord Oval.

“The club has undergone a review of our training facilities over the past 12 months and quite clearly need to establish a long-term home,” Mr Mayer said.

Grant Mayer said Liverpool is certainly an option for a new home.

“Sydney Olympic Park and Liverpool are certainly on that list.” The comment will delight Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun, who confirmed he had met with the club several times to convince them of the move.

“Liverpool Council is enthusiastic to increase the involvement of the Wests Tigers in the regional capital of Sydney’s great southwest,” he said.

The club would likely find a home in the council’s Carnes Hill development.

The council is campaigning vigorously to have Sydney’s next major sports stadium built here. But its planned $43 million Carnes Hill development shapes as a likely home for the Tigers.

“The Carnes Hill development is what we’re looking at,” Liverpool councillor Peter Ristevski said.

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The council is about to start tendering for firms to build Carnes Hill, which could include a state-of-the-art training and administration centre.

Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun has met with the club a number of times to discuss the move.

The Liverpool option comes as a shock to Campbelltown Council, which has been campaigning for years for the club to move to Leumeah Stadium.

“We’ve always considered that we could provide them with the facilities they need,” Campbelltown Council general manager Paul Tosi said.

“There would be extreme disappointment.”

Independent Campbelltown councillor Paul Lake said the decision would have to be made by the Tigers’ board.