Young Macarthur rugby league players will have a greater opportunity become a Wests Tigers player one day.
Wests Tigers signed a historic memorandum of understanding to formalise its partnership with Country Rugby League (CRL).
The new partnership will provide up and coming players with more access to Wests Tigers coaches and performance staff to further their football career.
Macarthur will also compete as the Greater Southern Region Wests Tigers in CRL’s Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cup junior representative and men’s under 23’s and Ladies’ League Tag country championship competitions from now on.
CRL greater southern regional manager Kevin Felgate said the extended partnership was a great acknowledgement of the success of the current program.
“It’s fantastic to see the Wests Tigers make this commitment towards supporting CRL’s representative pathways and it’s fantastic for the players and coaches to have a link with an NRL club in their region,” he said.
“The introduction of the Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cups was a great success this season and much of that success is owed to the support from NRL clubs like the Wests Tigers.
“The extension of this partnership represents another step in the right direction for players, coaches and trainers throughout the region.”
Wests Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe said he was pleased to see the relationship with CRL extended and believed it was a great example of Wests Tigers supporting their local community and fostering the next generation of club players.
“Wests Tigers and the greater southern region have always supported each other and it’s important for us to provide opportunities for players and coaches in our community,” he said.
“It was great to see our players in the Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cup competing as the Greater Southern Region Wests Tigers this year and it’s important for them to know that they are part of the Wests Tigers pathway.
“We’re happy to be extending and formalising our agreement with Country Rugby League and we look forward to working together to provide additional opportunities and resources for players and coaches throughout the region.”