Bulldogs to take game to Perth
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle has today travelled to Perth to announce that the club will host a 'home' game at nib Stadium in 2014.
Details of the round and opponent will be confirmed with the official release of the NRL draw.
"Recent experiences show that there's a strong appetite for our game in the west and the Bulldogs are very keen to do what we can to continue to grow the game of rugby league in Perth," Ms Castle said.
"The fixture at nib Stadium also presents an opportunity to build on the dedicated Bulldogs membership base that currently exists in Western Australia.
"We've hit some record numbers since launching our 2014 membership campaign last week and we anticipate this Perth game will help us hit our target of 20,000 members for next year."
The Bulldogs have unveiled details of a special WA membership deal to coincide with today's announcement.
Ken Dwyer has been a Perth-based Bulldogs member for the past three years and is already rallying family members to attend the game.
"I've been a Bulldogs supporter since the club sent some old jerseys for my Victoria Park team to wear in our grand final game many years ago," Dwyer said.
"I'll be rounding up 20-30 family members to get along. I can't wait to see the Bulldogs in action over here."
NRL CEO Dave Smith said that he's been happy to work with the Bulldogs to see another game scheduled in Perth.
"The passion for the game in Western Australia extends from the grass roots participation to the record crowd at nib Stadium for a game last year.
"There is a real appetite for rugby league in Perth and I'm delighted to see the Bulldogs taking a game there next year.
"As support for the game grows we are seeing matches played across a national stage and Perth is a key destination."