MUDGEE’S Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium will host an NRL match in 2014, but which teams will play at the venue has yet to be confirmed.
Mid-Western Regional Council’s spokeswoman Pip Goldsmith confirmed council had been in contact with all 16 NRL clubs about playing preliminary round matches at Glen Willow next year.
There have been several positive responses from several clubs, but she would not confirm which ones.
“We are working towards an NRL game for 2014,” she said.
“We will let everyone know of those plans once they are confirmed.”
Council are hopeful of locking in an agreement with the NRL club or clubs before the season’s end.
Parramatta have ruled out playing one of their home NRL matches in Mudgee next year, despite taking on the Gold Coast Titans at Glen Willow in May.
The Eels have struck a four-year deal with the Northern Territory government to play one trial at Alice Springs and a home game in Darwin until 2018.
It is unlikely the six non-NSW-based clubs would move one of their home games to the Central West, although the Titans did relocate their round 17 home clash against Penrith to Darwin.
But whichever NRL teams do play at Glen Willow next year, Council said the region would support it.
“We are in a great position to pitch to the NRL clubs,” Goldsmith said.
“This is a fantastic facility and it is great for local fans.
“It is a big boost for the local economy and it benefits locals and businesses.
“We are not going to spend millions of dollars [attracting NRL clubs] because we don’t have to.”
The Central West is going to be spoilt for choice next year in terms of national sport extravaganzas.
Apart from another NRL match in Mudgee, Dubbo will host the City-Country Origin match at some stage in 2014.
Mudgee will also host the Trans-Tasman Touch Football Series on the Anzac Day weekend, the Grassroots Rugby Festival will make a return, and the NSW Country Rugby Senior Championships could be held at Glen Willow.
As to hosting A-League matches or trial games, there will not be any played at Glen Willow at this stage.