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The Wests Tigers’ Intrust Super Premiership NSW side will be branded as the Western Suburbs Magpies in 2018 as part of its Macarthur region strategy.

The decision is designed to strengthen the club’s position and continue to cultivate a robust pathways system in the Macarthur region.

The Macarthur region boasts one of the richest pools of Rugby League talent in the world, with the Western Suburbs Magpies now represented in every step of the development pathway: Harold Matthews, SG Ball, Jersey Flegg (under-20s), Sydney Shield, Ron Massey Cup and Intrust Super Premiership NSW.

The 2018 Intrust Super Premiership NSW side will also be coached by Wests Tigers Life Member and NSW True Blue Brett Hodgson.

 “I am absolutely thrilled to come back home to where I started playing,” said Hodgson. “It’s a great opportunity to come back to a club that is clearly on the improve both on and off the field. I’m looking forward to developing as a coach and working under Ivan.”

The Western Suburbs Magpies will play several 2018 home games at Campbelltown Sports Stadium which will also include Wests Tigers NRL game days. The club has been inherent to the Macarthur region since 1987 and Wests Tigers involvement in the region stems almost two decades.