Penrith Panthers eye Tasmanian base

Penrith Panthers chiefs say they are considering staging home games in the Australian Rules-mad Tasmanian capital of Hobart.

This follows last week’s news that the club will stage one match a season for the next five years at Bathurst in the central-west of New South Wales.

Penrith chief executive Warren Wilson says matches in Hobart and across the Tasman Sea at Christchurch in New Zealand’s South Island were on a possible future agenda.

Wilson urged other clubs to follow the Panthers’ lead on adopting country areas.

“Each NRL club should have responsibilities for a certain region of New South Wales or Queensland, providing funding and support,” Wilson said.

“In return they would get first pick of the local juniors.”