Magpies reborn with four teams

Western Sydney Magpies will have four sides in this years 2015 competitions after regaining control over the junior sides. Players training at Durrant Oval in Warwick Farm. Picture: Simon Bennett

Western Sydney Magpies will have four sides in this years 2015 competitions after regaining control over the junior sides. Players training at Durrant Oval in Warwick Farm. Picture: Simon Bennett

The Western Suburbs Magpies held a joint training session for their 2015 teams at Durrant Oval, Warwick Farm, on Saturday to mark the club's rejuvenation as a district club.

The club will field four teams in the 2015 season including sides for the Harold Matthews and SG Ball competitions.

This year the club will also field a Sydney Shield team for the first time in addition to their Ron Massey Cup team.

General manager and football operations Leo Epifania said having four teams was an important step to "build the club".

"For us, it's important to have [additional teams]," he said.

"It would help the whole process.

"It's a more stable process for the West Tigers as well.

"Our objective is the same; to develop players and they can go play for the West Tigers."

Western Sydney Magpies will have four sides in this years 2015 competitions after regaining control over the junior sides. Players training at Durrant Oval in Warwick Farm. Picture: Simon Bennett

Western Sydney Magpies will have four sides in this years 2015 competitions after regaining control over the junior sides. Players training at Durrant Oval in Warwick Farm. Picture: Simon Bennett

Usually the junior sides train at Milton Park in Ingleburn while the seniors train at Durrant Oval.

Saturday's training session gave players from all four sides the chance to meet each other properly while training and also in a meet and greet at the end of the session.

Epifania told the Advertiser the joint training session reflected how the club was focused on instilling unity at the club.

"This year's situation is to pull the club together," he said.

"The thing to me is it's not an easy thing to go from one team to four.

"We will show them we are one club."

Epifania said there was "a lot of work" done at the club to find a venue for all teams to train at and to establish a culture of respect.

"[The players] goal is our goal; we want to help get them to first grade," he said.

While Epifania acknowledged the club are continuing to progress in building the club, he is hopeful the four teams will have a strong 2015 season.

"We'd be aiming to make the finals for all four teams," he said.

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