Two proud clubs unite...Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Coach Pat Weisner, forward Tom Amone, half-back Matt Place, hooker Josh Tangitau, specialist utility Jerry Key, and Manly Warringah Coach Trent Barrett at the jersey launch at Blacktown Workers today.
Prominent rugby league supporters Brydens Lawyers will be the front of jersey sponsor of the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Intrust Super Premiership team in 2017.
The exciting partnership between the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the Blacktown Workers was officially approved on November 25 by the NSWRL Board, and provides a pathway for Blacktown players into the NRL as a feeder club for the Sea Eagles.
The Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles will play in the Intrust Super Premiership under coach Pat Weisner. The H.E. Laybutt Field at the Blacktown Workers Club is the home ground.
Blacktown Workers will also field teams in the Sydney Shield and Ron Massey competitions.
Brydens Lawyers Principal Lee Hagipantelis said the company was very pleased to have secured a partnership with Blacktown Workers.
“Blacktown Workers has been for many years an iconic institution in the heartland of Sydney's west,’’ Mr Hagipantelis said.
“The fact that it is now able to field a team in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW for 2017 speaks to the incredible dedication and commitment that the club has made to the fostering of rugby league in the western suburbs of Sydney.
“By joining with Blacktown Workers, Brydens Lawyers is now able to provide its members with expert advice and legal representation for all their legal needs. There is a great synergy in the joining of two iconic western Sydney brands. For us it is an exciting time and we very much look forward to establishing a long term and mutually beneficial relationship with the club and its members"
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Chairman Scott Penn said this is a great opportunity for another well supported club to compete at the highest level just under the NRL.
“Penrith Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould and the Penrith Junior Rugby league have fully supported the partnership as it will give more players the opportunity to test themselves,’’ Mr Penn said.
“The Sea Eagles are delighted to be partnering with Blacktown Workers for the Intrust Super Premiership NSW in 2017. We see this partnership as the start of an important development pathway for both the Blacktown district and the Northern Beaches. We applaud Blacktown Workers for having the foresight to take their Club to the next level.
“We have a proven model of partnerships having previously won the Queensland Cup in our first year in 2009 when we partnered with the Sunshine Coast. It also helped us uncover talent such as Daly Cherry-Evans and gave our extended squad a quality platform from which to play week in week out.”
“We are excited about working with Blacktown Workers to take our partnership to new heights and using the talent pool they have created to add further strength to our roster. We are proud to be able to provide a clear pathway to the NRL for the Blacktown district to complement our existing system, which can only benefit the Sea Eagles in the future.
“We look forward to a significantly improved performance in the Intrust competition in 2017 due to the strength of this partnership.”
Blacktown Workers JRL President Keith Cochrane welcomed the partnership with Brydens Lawyers.
“This partnership will also allow our players and members to have access to expert legal advice and representation,’’ he said.
“We are excited and looking forward to forming a strong partnership with them as we move forward with our participation in the Intrust competition."