GM David Perry confident that Manly Sea Eagles will continue to play at Brookvale Oval http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/northern-beaches/gm-david-perry-confident-that-manly-sea-eagles-will-continue-to-play-at-brookvale-oval/story-fngr8hax-1226988527461 SEA Eagles general manager David Perry will meet with Sports Minister Stuart Ayres this week to discuss the future of games played at Brookvale Oval. It comes after Mr Ayres dropped the bombshell over the weekend that the State Government would no longer invest in suburban venues, where rugby league has been played for more than a century. Money will instead be poured into major upgrades at Allianz and ANZ stadiums, including a ¬retractable roof over the Homebush venue. NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres has said the state government will no longer invest in suburban NRL grounds. Pic Brett Costello Source: News Corp Australia However, Mr Perry remained confident Brookie would remain the home of the 2011 NRL premiers. “We will discuss the honouring of short-term commitments at the ground,” he said. “Our aim is to make the venue a multi-access facility, it will be used by Rugby union (National Rugby Championship) later this year and the A-League in January. “Long term we need to increase our seating and undercover access. “We have a few different draft designs ready to go, it is just a matter of getting the green light to commence. Mr Perry and a handful of club representatives will also meet NSW Premier and Manly fan Mike Baird later this month to discuss funding opportunities at the ground, which has been in use since 1947. The prospect of moving away from their spiritual home at Brookvale would cause uproar with fans, who proudly dub the ground “The Fortress”. It is well known rival clubs hate playing at the peninsula venue. Co-patron and board member Kerry Sibraa, who will attend the meeting this week with Mr Perry, questioned whether the club would survive if forced to play “home” games at a neutral venue. “Given our geographical isolation, where else can we play?” he said.