Where the Tigers are headed
Donâ€™t assume Wests Tigers are going to play a certain way next season.
Not even I know what style weâ€™re going to use at this stage. Itâ€™s yet to be decided. That process will begin in earnest when I physically take charge of the team at training on Monday. Weâ€™ll work it all out over the pre-season.
I donâ€™t come with a style and force it upon a team no matter what their playing roster looks like. I coached Wigan one way and South Sydney another way. This year I came at it from another angle with the New Zealand team.
I adapt to the people Iâ€™ve got within the team. The aim is to continually evolve as a group. If you can do that, the skills of the players improve and they develop into better players, which allows you to go further and further towards becoming a better team.
Thatâ€™s the exciting part of coaching.
Iâ€™m looking forward to sitting down with each individual player of the Wests Tigers over the coming days and weeks.
We must be a strong defensive team. That needs to be instilled or you canâ€™t hope to be successful.
Josh Reynolds is a real competitor, Moses Mbye comes out of the back and chimes into the line in different ways and Robbie Farah has a variety of skills out of dummy half. Plus there are the guys who go through the middle.
Iâ€™m looking forward to getting a thorough understanding of each of those players and working the best of what they do into the game-plan we design.
A NEW DAWN
The aim is to play finals footy. Thatâ€™s why we do what we do.
Iâ€™ve got ambitions and expectations beyond that for my time at the club, but first we need to work really hard in the pre-season to put ourselves in a position to create opportunities moving forward.
So Iâ€™ll be hitting the ground running on Monday.
Iâ€™ll have done bits and pieces over the weekend after flying in on Friday night and that follows on from communications I had with Wests Tigers staff from over in England.
My focus was obviously on the Test series, but I was still able to put a lot of things in place and some of that was based around a lot of young kids starting training last week. The more senior players will start the same day I do.
I canâ€™t wait. I feel refreshed. Iâ€™m keen to impart my knowledge on the team. Iâ€™ve had a bit of a break from club coaching, which wasnâ€™t intended, and Iâ€™ve spent a lot of time in my year off just working with many different departments and leadership groups at the NRL.
Iâ€™ve learned something new and met a lot of good people and really enjoyed it, but now itâ€™s time to get back into club-land and I feel very fortunate to be able to do that at an organisation like Wests Tigers. I see a huge amount of upside in it.