7 July, 2023
Local artist designs West Tigers Indigenous jersey
Please note: The Gilgandra Weekly was unable to get in touch with Brent Naden or Will Towney, and quotes and photos have been taken from an article written by the West Tigers
A Gilgandra local is one of the hands behind the
West Tigers 2023 Indigenous jersey, and he is beyond
proud to be representing his culture on such a large
In an article written by the NRL West Tigers team,
Aboriginal artist Will Towney explained how he was
asked to design this year’s jersey.
“It was Brent (Naden’s) idea that I paint this creation
and I was honestly lost for words and so grateful to be
asked,” he told the West Tigers media team.
Brent Naden is an Indigenous Australian professional
rugby league footballer who plays as a centre and
winger for the Wests Tigers. His grandfather is
Gilgandra’s Ralph Naden OAM.
“A lot of my culture I have learnt from my dad, my
pop and my cousin Ralph Naden who is Brent’s pop,”
Mr Towney explained.
“The main reason I practice my Indigenous art is to
free my mind from life’s pressures, even though I’m
colour blind. It was such a complex task with so much
detail and I knew it would test my abilities as an artist.”
Mr Naden wanted to incorporate all of the West
Tigers Indigenous players, including their past, present,
and future. He explained that the jersey is a collection of
stories and symbols.
“It tells an important story, and that’s what we wanted
to do,” he said.
“The left side represents the ocean and the east coast,
and over on the right side is Wellington and Bathurst
where me and (Brandon) Tumeth are from.
“The lower middle on the front is Concord where we
all meet and has all the boys, and the Indigenous boys
have the coloured totems.
“My totem is the goanna. There are seven different
types of goannas but my one is the sand goanna, my
The back also tells a story, with the main image
bring the team that will play the Indigenous round – the
17 players and the coaches.
“The Indigenous boys have got the colour of their
totem in there, and the kangaroo footprints show the
new Mob joining us this season,” said Mr Naden.
Then there’s the lower back image which represents our three homes if you like, Campbelltown, Leichhardt, and Concord.”
Of the seven Indigenous players represented in the
jersey, Naden and Will Smith are the only ones with
“Me and Will (Smith) wanted to have our kids
involved, so we got their handprints in the design as
well,” said Naden.
Cousin and Aboriginal artist Will Towney from
Gilgandra pulled all these ideas together to create a
piece that was reflective of everything Brent had
“I met with a few of the boys at the Zurich Centre
and we discussed the process, colour palette and storyline
behind the jersey,” said Mr Towney.
“They wanted the jersey to be a story that represented
their family, community, and tribes, showing their
journey to Wests Tigers.”
This was the first year the club approached Mr Naden to be the designer. The jersey was worn by Wests Tigers players in last month’s Indigenous round match against North Queensland Cowboys.