GWS outgrowing NRL premiers


Joel Brooks

The Giants are coming.

The Giants are coming. Photo: Adam Trafford/AFL Media

The GWS Giants are continuing to grow in the rugby league dominated postcode of Western Sydney.

Having made the Preliminary Final in 2016, the Giants will enter next season as one of the flag favourites and its supporters are jumping on board.

This time last year the Giants had 6229 members, however right now they have 9187 signed up.

The figure is particularly impressive given the NRL's premiers of 2016, the Cronulla Sharks, have 9124 members signed up.

Chief NRL reporter in Sydney, Buzz Rothfield, told 3AW's Sports Today that the Giants are making waves in New South Wales.

"They've got an enormous growth rate in the Sydney's west," he said.

"They keep growing and growing and growing. They are a serious sporting franchise who are only going to go stronger."

Like the AFL, the NRL is currently dealing with a major pay stoush with the clubs and players, which Rothfield says must be resolved soon before the AFL and teams like the Giants take advantage.

"Rugby League better get its act together quickly with the clubs and the players if they're going to hold their ground in the west of Sydney."

Click PLAY to hear Buzz Rothfield on Sports Today


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