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The NSWRL Board today approved an application by Blacktown Workers that will see the club enter the state's premier competition, Intrust Super Premiership NSW, for the first time in its 52-year history in 2017.
The western Sydney-based club has formed a partnership with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, with the agreement resulting in the club fielding teams in all three NSWRL senior competitions - Sydney Shield, Ron Massey and Intrust Super Premiership NSW.
All three teams will be play under the banner of Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles, with the home ground being H.E. Laybutt Field at the Blacktown Workers Club.
The partnership will provide a pathway for Blacktown players into the NRL as a feeder club for the Sea Eagles.
NSWRL Head of Football, BJ Mather, said the NSWRL Board was satisfied with the application which enables Blacktown Workers to realise a foundation goal from 1964 to have a team in the state's elite competition.
"It's great for the game that a club with the history like Blacktown wants to make a significant investment into the pathways of Rugby League," Mather said.
Blacktown Workers President, Keith Cochran, is delighted with the partnership.
"It will be a great boost for Rugby League in the district to have players with NRL experience training and playing with our locally grown products," Cochran said.
"Manly is an iconic club and the most successful of the modern era. To link up with them is an opportunity too good to miss."
Sea Eagles Chairman, Scott Penn, said today: "The Sea Eagles are delighted to be partnering with Blacktown Workers on a combined Intrust Super Premiership NSW team for the 2017 season. This significantly enhances our pathways project to supplement our existing structure with a newly formed feeder club arrangement."