NEW Magpies chairman Mick Liubinskas said the Wests Tigers fielding a combined team in the NSW Cup next year was a “possibility”, but there were still key issues to work through.
The former Balmain and Wests player was elected Western Suburbs Magpies football club chairman last week as part of a new-look board.
The Concord resident said the Wests side of the NRL joint-venture needed to work together.
The Wests side of the club is made up of Wests Ashfield Leagues, Wests Campbelltown Leagues and the Magpies football club.
Wests Ashfield Leagues gave in-principle support recently to Balmain and Wests fielding a combined team in next year’s second tier NSW Cup under the Wests Tigers banner.
Liubinskas supports a combined team, which would alternate between Balmain and Magpies colours.
Balmain are yet to make a decision on the combined team.
“It’s a possibility, but nothing is set in concrete. I see a lot of credit in it though,” Liubinskas said.
“Wests and Balmain haven’t won a comp in the NSW Cup for a while now and if you look at St George Illawarra they are moving forward with a combined team this year.”
But Liubinskas said it was vital the different Wests stakeholders worked together to ensure the success of the Wests Tigers and the future of the Magpies.