GWS training goes eastward

THE GWS officially opened their multimillion dollar training facility at Sydney Olympic Park last week, but not everyone was thrilled about their move to the new Tom Wills Oval.

Blacktown mayor Len Robinson said despite the council being committed to a long-term partnership with the AFL he was disappointed the Giants will no longer be based at Blacktown International Sportspark or Gipps Road Oval, Greystanes.

"I am not going to deny my disappointment that the GWS Giants opted to move out of Blacktown City and I think it's difficult to continue to convince people that they truly represent western Sydney," he said.

Holroyd mayor Ross Grove agreed.

"If you want to reach out to the people who live in greater western Sydney, the locations you should train at are in Greystanes, Blacktown, Penrith and Parramatta," Cr Grove said.

Giants chairman Tony Shepherd said the club would have a strong presence in western Sydney through the Giants Academy at Blacktown where the UWS Giants play North East AFL matches.

"The reason we have established a training base at Sydney Olympic Park is because we could not get access to a permanent training facility at Blacktown because cricket has access to the oval over summer," Mr Shepherd said.

Coach Kevin Sheedy said the club made a good, honest decision to move.

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