Gus' idea about concentrating on South West Sydney

So do Panthers have trouble attracting players based on the fact that they are a long way from Sydney?

If Ctown has never gotten behind the JV, the JV should take some responsibility for that. You can’t base yourselves in the inner city for 17 years and only show up in the area for 4 times a year then go back to the inner city. Not enough is done to engage the community. We have people in this thread calling us an inner city club. How is that supposed to endear to the McArthur region?

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The jury is out for mine whether the MacArthur region is really the rugby league powerhouse we are led to believe it is and also whether it is has the financial backing to sustain a club.

Agreed

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I’m sure the club has done the sums and determined the current strategy based on a business case (albeit Wests Ashfield would be a big factor in wanting to remain inner west).

I would think that there would be a big commercial benefit to being in the more affluent areas.

Other inner city benefits include a more centralised training facility and that could be a benefit when negotiating with players.

I’m from the Balmain side and I’m not against a move to MacArthur but it would need to be based on sound evidence rather than just a gut feel.

Chicken or the egg scenario I know, but Campbelltown has not really got behind the Tigers to the point where the club had no choice but to move there.

And agreed, particularly on the part in bold.

I disagree. The area, in particularly Council have tried to embrace the club from the very begining. Offering facilities to set up HQ accross the road from the stadium where those apartments now are.
Council have contacted the club first to help run clinics but Wests want to get paid to turn up… the Clinics were then offered to Souths who came and did it for free sending coaches and players.
From memory Council also tried to get the club involved with the submission for the Centre of excellence in Campbelltown but the club completely ignored them and has since focused on their own submission.

Admittedly most of the above happend under Grant Mayer except the offering of facilities which happened back when the club was founded.

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Bring on the new stadium at Parramatta all games out of there ,Campbelltown is a mirage in the desert of Sydney…the preoccupation with juniors is a joke this is the responsibility of the NSWRL not a club .
The Weststigers are an inner city organisation get use to it they will never relocate to Campbelltown,the central position of Concord in the city is a huge bargaining tool to sell to perspective players …if you live in Sydney you Know the problems and time it takes to commute around .
Why should our club be the training base for junior talent so other clubs can poach them when the time is right ,it is time our club got smart !
As I have already posted previously clubs will be culled in Sydney over the next decade and this will happen because there will not be enough money to support them the media free to air organisations are doing it tough now . You can not play permanently out of a sub standard stadium that Campbelltown offers ,I firmly believe that the opportunity of playing out of Parramatta stadium and hopefully a centre of excellence at Concord will cement the club for the future as I fear playing out of three grounds and having no permanent base will seal the fate of this club within a decade .Juniors …this thinking is thinking of the past time to move with the times ,PHIL Gould has an agenda he has put all his eggs in one basket and his comments reflect this maybe he should concentrate on his own club !

Good post, agree with everything. One thing I would add is that most of our fans don’t live in Campbelltown either. Unlike Penrith, playing at Parra or Homebush makes sense to build our crowds.


Gus is always crapping on about LO aswell. Could it be possible he doesn’t want his competitors improving?.

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So do Panthers have trouble attracting players based on the fact that they are a long way from Sydney?

Compared to who Souths, Easts and Canterbury sign. Yes.

Seriously does everyone who isn’t associated with Tigers have to have an agenda?

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Bring on the new stadium at Parramatta all games out of there ,Campbelltown is a mirage in the desert of Sydney…the preoccupation with juniors is a joke this is the responsibility of the NSWRL not a club .
The Weststigers are an inner city organisation get use to it they will never relocate to Campbelltown,the central position of Concord in the city is a huge bargaining tool to sell to perspective players …if you live in Sydney you Know the problems and time it takes to commute around .
Why should our club be the training base for junior talent so other clubs can poach them when the time is right ,it is time our club got smart !
As I have already posted previously clubs will be culled in Sydney over the next decade and this will happen because there will not be enough money to support them the media free to air organisations are doing it tough now . You can not play permanently out of a sub standard stadium that Campbelltown offers ,I firmly believe that the opportunity of playing out of Parramatta stadium and hopefully a centre of excellence at Concord will cement the club for the future as I fear playing out of three grounds and having no permanent base will seal the fate of this club within a decade .Juniors …this thinking is thinking of the past time to move with the times ,PHIL Gould has an agenda he has put all his eggs in one basket and his comments reflect this maybe he should concentrate on his own club !

Agree with everything in this post.

rugby league is dying in MacArthur. Wests Tigers and the NRL are to blame. The AFL has moved in and now it is only a matter of time. Tv and greed have killed the goose.

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rugby league is dying in MacArthur. Wests Tigers and the NRL are to blame. The AFL has moved in and now it is only a matter of time. Tv and greed have killed the goose.

The NRL missed an opportunity to establish a new playing arena and training facility at Oran Park.

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So do Panthers have trouble attracting players based on the fact that they are a long way from Sydney?

I bet it’s been a deciding factor for players on more than one occasion before.

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rugby league is dying in MacArthur. Wests Tigers and the NRL are to blame. The AFL has moved in and now it is only a matter of time. Tv and greed have killed the goose.

No I’d suggest whoever runs the juniors out there is to blame. It’s a disaster.

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Bring on the new stadium at Parramatta all games out of there ,Campbelltown is a mirage in the desert of Sydney…the preoccupation with juniors is a joke this is the responsibility of the NSWRL not a club .
The Weststigers are an inner city organisation get use to it they will never relocate to Campbelltown,the central position of Concord in the city is a huge bargaining tool to sell to perspective players …if you live in Sydney you Know the problems and time it takes to commute around .
Why should our club be the training base for junior talent so other clubs can poach them when the time is right ,it is time our club got smart !
As I have already posted previously clubs will be culled in Sydney over the next decade and this will happen because there will not be enough money to support them the media free to air organisations are doing it tough now . You can not play permanently out of a sub standard stadium that Campbelltown offers ,I firmly believe that the opportunity of playing out of Parramatta stadium and hopefully a centre of excellence at Concord will cement the club for the future as I fear playing out of three grounds and having no permanent base will seal the fate of this club within a decade .Juniors …this thinking is thinking of the past time to move with the times ,PHIL Gould has an agenda he has put all his eggs in one basket and his comments reflect this maybe he should concentrate on his own club !

Agree with everything in this post.

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With the cap and tpa’s having created a gap between the have’s and have nots in the nrl there is no incentive for clubs like weststigers to develop juniors, juniors that are pilfered by clubs like roorters, dogs storm sharks etc with no recompense at all to western sydney clubs
The nrl talk of level playing fields and an even competition when this is so far from reality its laughable
Meanwhile kids are turning more and more to oz rules and soccer in suppposed league heartlands
The horse has bolted nrl and the gate is closed

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Phil Gould said after the game on Friday night that the Tigers should abandon inner Sydney and put all their effort into SW Sydney, the growth area of Sydney.
I’m from the Balmain side of the JV, and it would not bother me if it’s the best thing for the club.
I know this will open a can of worms, and will most probably fire up the forum.
Your thoughts.

Ive been saying that for years….we arent Balmain or Wests anymore…we need to concerntrate on one area…we could have done with someone like gus on board years ago instead of the muppets we have at the moment

I’m an old ex-Balmain guy and I used to think that Campbelltown was Wests Tigers future. I imagined it as a stand alone area for us to completely develop, juniors wise and home base wise as opposed to multiple home grounds.

These days you can’t count on councils to build and maintain home stadiums, it’s just too expensive. The state government has also committed to their own stadia plan all but abandoning the suburban grounds.

However, after Pascoes plan for a COE in the Concord area I now think that Campbelltown is a complete waste of time, effort and money. Yes, we are traditionally both former inner west clubs and so it seems, will remain that way forever.

Has anyone got an update on the COE? Is it wishful thinking still?
Somewhere I read our proposal was driving by Gladys Berejiklian with government support???

Found this on League unlimited.
I hope you are all aware that the Tigers submitted a blueprint to the state government (led by Gladys Berejiklian) to transform Concord Oval into a $57m centre of excellence. The new site would have a shopping centre, a Tigers museum and owuld be our main training base. So these outdated facilities will soon be a thing of the past. What an exciting time to be a Tigers fan!

If this is the case I think CQ is right you could almost guarantee that we will remain an inner west base.
But as many mentioned It appears the clubs plan is to become a strong Sydney club that recruits the Best players from anywhere available and develops them into first graders to play for Wests Tigers and doesn’t want or care about focusing on 3 junior bases, (macarthur, Balmain/inner west and Keebra park.

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