MG has backed Parramatta's decision to reject a bid to play their 2019 home games at the new Western Sydney Stadium, calling it an "extraordinary" move.
The news was announced in a letter sent by club CEO Bernie Gurr to fans on Tuesday - a week out from the scheduled NRL draw - with Gurr revealing that the Eels next season home games will be marked as "TBC".
Now Triple M's Mark "MG" Geyer has thrown his support behind the move, saying that Parramatta has its focus in the right place - the fans.
The letter from Gurr read:"As it stands today, the club has been offered commercial terms by the stadium operator that are not acceptable to the board of the Parramatta Eels Club or the Parramatta Leagues Club.
"Our view that the current proposal is unacceptable has been confirmed after an extensive six-month due diligence process conducted by myself and other members of the management team.
"The due diligence process has included the engagement of a reputable consulting firm.
"Together we have benchmarked the commercial terms of the current offer against offerings currently being received by NRL and other sports at a range of stadiums across multiple states of Australia.
"The current proposal if accepted would adversely affect the ability of our club to invest in our football department including our NRL team and our junior elite football programs."
"The current agreement at ANZ has adversely impacted the club financially and we are not prepared to accept a new agreement that will continue to impact the club negatively for the next 25 years.
“The club will also not compromise on key areas that are important to our members and supporters such as:
— Affordable food and beverage pricing and options
— A clear public transport plan for WSS to enable members to attend games smoothly
— Reasonable event costs to ensure affordable pricing for members and casual ticket holders
— Expanded opportunities for our corporate partners to help drive revenue for the club
— Better technology to enhance game day experience
“In the interests of arriving at a fair and reasonable deal, we are continuing our discussions with the stadium operator in an attempt to resolve this matter quickly so that our members and supporters have a clear understanding of the WSS schedule for 2019.”
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