WAFL: City of Wanneroo says West Perth sponsorship deal a flight of fancy

West Perth faced Subiaco at Kingsway in a game supported by the City of Wanneroo last month. Picture: Martin Kennealey
West Perth faced Subiaco at Kingsway in a game supported by the City of Wanneroo last month. Picture: Martin Kennealey

THE City of Wanneroo has moved to quell reports it is in line to sponsor the West Perth Football Club in the WAFL.

The Times contacted Wanneroo asking about a reported Falcons sponsorship deal that would replace that of the City of Joondalup.

Joondalup recently announced it would end its financial support of West Perth after this season because the club would not change its name to reflect its Joondalup location.

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Wanneroo Deputy Mayor Dianne Guise denied Wanneroo had discussed taking up where Joondalup left off.

“While we certainly enjoy a good relationship with the club and were very pleased with the success of the recent WAFL match at Kingsway, West Perth Football Club has not approached the City with a specific sponsorship approval,” she said.

“That is not to say that we would not consider an association with the club – or another WAFL club – if the circumstances were appropriate.”

West Perth chief executive David Crute confirmed the City of Wanneroo’s position, but said they had shared “very casual conversations” about working with the City over many years because Mayor Tracey Roberts was a vice-patron of the club.

He said there had not been any formal discussions.

“People have jumped to conclusions,” he said.

“But it’s fair to say if the City of Wanneroo was interested in talking to us, we’d be open to it.”

He said the club also remained hopeful of continuing “some form of relationship” with the City of Joondalup through community grants.

“They’ve been fantastic for us over a long period of time and we certainly would not want to cut them off completely,” he said.