Talking points: Our front page last week.THE two main reasons given to the Advertiser from Campbelltonians on why only 9715 people were at the Wests Tigers v Penrith Panthers match on a sunny Sunday afternoon were: ticket prices were too expensive and they had a lack of connection with the club.

The Wests Tigers say they will take all comments on board and work on ways to get the masses to better support the local club.

“Wests Tigers fans didn’t respond to that game like we’d hoped and it’s good for us to understand the obstacles people faced in getting to the game,” chief executive Stephen Humphreys told the Advertiser yesterday.

“We take the feedback very seriously and thank the people who took their time to do it.

“For us it’s about recognising it was a poor crowd and learn some lessons about why.”

Humphreys wanted to emphasise any poor crowd was a whole club problem, not a blight on south-west Sydney supporters or inner-west supporters.

“There were a lot of Macarthur fans at Leichhardt on Friday night — I spoke to a lot of them,” Humphreys said.

“It’s a Wests Tigers issue, it’s not about a region of fans or who you previously supported [before the merger].

“It’s not about pointing the finger at one district or another.”

As for ticket prices, he said families might not have known about the family fun day packages available, with family tickets costing only $50 for the game.

“We take that on board and will look at addressing getting our information out to more people,” he said. “We did have radio, print and digital media advertising for that game.”

The Advertiser Facebook page and website got more than 100 comments from locals giving their views.

Humphreys said the re-signing of Robbie Farah sets up the club for a strong future on and off the field.

“He carries the responsibilities associated with captaining the club really well and his re-signing was a tonic for the club,” he said.

“He was superb for us on Friday and his contract is thoroughly deserved.”

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