“If the Wiggles ever sell in the next five or 10 years and I had some cash … I’d bring the Tigers back.”
The Wiggles’ Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle) is thinking of a new business venture: buying his favourite NRL team.
His admission came in a recent Daily Telegraph interview, but when he appeared on 3AW yesterday morning (Thursday, 11 May), and had a chat with Ben Fordham, Field revealed a bit more about his plans.
“All the cash I own is in the Wiggles at the moment,” Field said, per news.com.au, but, “If the Wiggles ever sell in the next five or 10 years and I had some cash … I’d bring the Tigers back.”
Field wasn’t talking about the Richmond Tigers, he was talking about the Balmain Tigers, who he’d bring back as a standalone club – separate from the Western Suburbs Magpies.
Field is the only original Wiggle who still performs, and holds shares of the company, with Nine News reporting that his estimated net worth is around $20 million.
"I would like to bring the Balmain Tigers back and it's just a dream and Wests Magpies come back and they go to Campbelltown and the Balmain boys come back to Leichhardt and the Balmain women too," he explained on Nine’s Today Show.
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"The Tigers go back to their home. We get a leagues club. We become frenemies with Wests again and the world is back to normal."
Field revealed that his long-time dream was inspired by a recent lunch with three legends of the Balmain NRL club.
"It's a total dream, I was at a lunch with Benny (Elias), with Blocker (Steve Roach) and with Sirro (Paul Sironen) and the atmosphere was flowing, and it just became a question, 'What would you do if you won the lottery?'," Field shared.
"I said, 'I'd bring the Balmain Tigers back'”.
The Wiggles formed in 1991 and have since enjoyed global success, not to mention that they’re beloved at home and took out the triple j Hottest 100 of 2021 with their cover of Tame Impala’s Elephant.
Last year, the original Wiggles - Field, Murray Cook, Greg Page and Jeff Fatt were the recipients of last year's Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services To Australian Music.
Field said, "On behalf of everyone who's worked with The Wiggles over the past 31 years, I want to thank APRA for honouring us with the Ted Albert Award.
"We have always been driven by genuine love and passion for music, and this recognition means so much to us. Seeing our names alongside Aussie greats, including The Seekers, Joy McKean and the incredible Helen Reddy is so wonderful."