— christian nicolussi (@mrchrisnico) May 13, 2019
On the balance of things the Eels are travelling relatively well in the NRL this season, even considering the shellacking they copped at the hands of the Melbourne Storm on Saturday night. Off the field however, the storied Western Sydney club is making franchise altering moves as they build on the incredible success of Bankwest Stadium with the ultimate follow-up play by securing approximately $40-million dollars of funding for a centre of excellence located in Kellyville.
The 5000m² property will house facilities for both the Eels and the local community including a high-performance centre and and a professional-calibre playing field with a grandstand capable of seating roughly 1000 supporters.
Funding for the game-changing infrastructure for the Eels is expected to be split between their own private capital alongside significant grants from Hills Council, the NSW government and the federal government – the latter of which has secured bipartisan support…an absolutely massive outcome considering this weekend’s election.
The quality of Parramatta’s training facilities has long languished before the front-runners in the NRL while their Harold Matthews, SG Ball and Jersey Flegg have been bereft of a true home to call their own for a long, long time. Not to mention that the Eels will be fielding their own Canterbury Cup team moving forwards and they will need a home field.
For the Eels, a club that has struggled to generate TPAs to match NRL heavyweights, this could be a tipping point in future negotiations with high profile free agents. Once the Centre of Excellence is completed it means the Eels will have every bit of auxiliary stability required to build a consistent contender – the remainder will be on the coaches and playing group.
Today is a very good day, Eels fans.