Plenty of reasons for NRL fans to be excited

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren says said there were plenty of reasons for optimism among local NRL fans following recent correspondence with Australian Rugby League Commission chairman, Peter V'Landys.

Mr Warren recently wrote to Mr V'landys to express his desire to see more NRL games played at Campbelltown Sports Stadium once the ban on spectators attending matches was lifted.

Penrith Panthers, Canberra Raiders, Wests Tigers and St George-Illawarra will all temporally call Campbelltown Sports Stadium home while games are played behind closed doors.

In recent years only three or four Wests Tigers regular-season games were played at the venue, leaving many local fans frustrated.

But Mr Warren said he was encouraged by Mr V'landys swift reply.

"There is no doubt that many residents in Campbelltown and the wider Macarthur region feel that there should be more regular-season NRL games played at Campbelltown Sports Stadium every year," Mr Warren said.

"I understand there are commercial interests that come into play, but without the fans, the game would not survive - and there is no shortage of NRL fans in our local area.

"It's heartening to know Mr V'landys shares my passion for suburban venues being utilised more and I am certainly encouraged by his desire to meet with myself and Campbelltown Council about the future of Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

"It's great that Campbelltown Sports Stadium has been chosen as the temporary home ground for several clubs while games will be played behind closed doors.

"It's an excellent opportunity to showcase the venue to a national audience regularly.

"But we need to be thinking long-term as well and there is no doubt that Campbelltown Sports Stadium has the potential to host many more regular-season NRL games than it has in recent years."

Mr V'landys said he too was excited about the resumption of the NRL competition and Campbelltown Stadium as a venue.

"It's terrific that we have been able to work with Campbelltown City Council to see Campbelltown Stadium included in the network of venues that will be utilised for the resumed competition," he said.

"I share Mr Warren's passion for the utilisation of suburban grounds and in that respect would welcome the opportunity to meet in the future with him and the council about any plans for upgrading Campbelltown Stadium and future utilisation of the ground."

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