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Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Fri 20 Oct, 2017 6:15 pm
by Geo.
Wests Tigers announce 2018 development players

Fri 20th October, 05:00PM

Wests Tigers have today confirmed the club’s development players for the 2018 season.

Under the new NRL initiative clubs are able to sign a maximum of six development players each year, with Wests Tigers choosing to have four in 2018.

The club is pleased to announce the signing of Thomas Mikaele, Heath Gibbs, Sam McIntyre and Dylan Smith, all having committed to Wests Tigers for the next three seasons, with all four players to train with Wests Tigers fulltime.

Wests Tigers Recruitment Manager David Warwick said that the club was looking forwarding to having the players take the next step in the careers at Wests Tigers.

“These young men will join us as development players and all possess great talent,” said Warwick. “We look forward to seeing them progress as they train fulltime with our senior squad. Training fulltime for a first year player is in itself a hard task however over the next 12 months I expect to see the boys develop quite rapidly.

“As a part of their development player contract they’re not eligible for NRL selection so will begin the year with the Under 20s team but I expect to see them feature in the Intrust Super Premiership side throughout the season,” he said.

Thomas Mikaele was a part of Wests Tigers’ Holden Cup squad in 2017 and represented the club on 17 occasions. The 19-year-old front rower was also a part of the Australian Schoolboys and Queensland Under 18s teams in both 2015 and 2016.

Heath Gibbs, 19, will join Wests Tigers from the Newcastle Knights. Gibbs, originally from Bourke, is the nephew of Timana Tahu and is a powerful outside back.

Also joining Wests Tigers from the Knights is 19-year-old Sam McIntyre who hails from Port Macquarie and has recently worked his way from the centres into the backrow.

Wests Tigers’ third development player for 2018 is 18-year-old Dylan Smith. Smith is the current Australian Schoolboys fullback and will join the club from the Cronulla Sharks.

As well as the four development players Wests Tigers are pleased to announce the re-signing of local junior Alex Seyfarth for the next three years. Seyfarth had a breakout year in 2017, graduating from the Balmain Tigers SG Ball team into Wests Tigers’ Holden Cup squad, where he played 11 games.

The 18 year old was rewarded for his form with a spot in the NSW Under 18 team that defeated Queensland at ANZ Stadium earlier this year. Seyfarth will start his development player contract in 2019.

Player Profiles
Heath Gibbs
Date of Birth — 2nd February, 1998
Position — Centre, Second Row
Junior Club — Souths Newcastle


Sam McIntyre
Date of Birth — 20th March, 1998
Position — Second Row, Lock
Junior Club — Port Macquarie Sharks


Thomas Mikaele
Date of Birth — 11th January, 1998
Position — Prop, Lock, Second Row
Junior Club — Goodna Eagles
Rep. Honours — Australian Schoolboys (2015-16), QLD U/18’s (2015-16), QLD U/20’s (2017)

Dylan Smith
Position — Fullback
Junior Club — Endeavour Sports High School
Rep. Honours — Australian Schoolboys (2017), NSW U/16’s (2015)

http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2017 ... nounc.html

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Fri 20 Oct, 2017 6:17 pm
by Geo.
Welcome aboard young men...

Good to see Alex Seyfarth still in the plans...

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Fri 20 Oct, 2017 6:29 pm
by will1999
hope Dylan Smith is good we need another fullback

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Fri 20 Oct, 2017 8:05 pm
by Needaname
Still I ask, why sign only 4 when 6 is the possibility?
Can someone explain the benefits/disadvantages to this?

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Fri 20 Oct, 2017 8:06 pm
by Geo.
Needaname wrote:
Fri 20 Oct, 2017 8:05 pm
Still I ask, why sign only 4 when 6 is the possibility?
Can someone explain the benefits/disadvantages to this?
You can add another 2 later if the quality becomes available if you wish...

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Fri 20 Oct, 2017 8:11 pm
by old man tiger
Needaname wrote:
Fri 20 Oct, 2017 8:05 pm
Still I ask, why sign only 4 when 6 is the possibility?
Can someone explain the benefits/disadvantages to this?
Maybe we are sick of bringing on our own juniors for the high end of town and have decided to poach other nurseries.

You can criticise successful teams or try to emulate them.

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Fri 20 Oct, 2017 8:13 pm
by Earl
Interesting to see how these guys go. Good luck to them.

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Fri 20 Oct, 2017 8:35 pm
by formerguest
Needaname wrote:
Fri 20 Oct, 2017 8:05 pm
Still I ask, why sign only 4 when 6 is the possibility?
Can someone explain the benefits/disadvantages to this?
Stuffed if I can see the point of cherry picking some young players to develop that cannot play NRL if they prove worthy.

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Fri 20 Oct, 2017 8:38 pm
by Sabre
“As a part of their development player contract they’re not eligible for NRL selection so will begin the year with the Under 20s team but I expect to see them feature in the Intrust Super Premiership side throughout the season,” he said.

I thought U20's wasn't happening anymore?

Edit: Turns out there are state U20 comps next year.

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Fri 20 Oct, 2017 10:51 pm
by Needaname
Geo. wrote:
Fri 20 Oct, 2017 8:06 pm
Needaname wrote:
Fri 20 Oct, 2017 8:05 pm
Still I ask, why sign only 4 when 6 is the possibility?
Can someone explain the benefits/disadvantages to this?
You can add another 2 later if the quality becomes available if you wish...
Makes sense, thanks.

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Sat 21 Oct, 2017 2:43 pm
by LeichhardtTiger
So if they are on Development contracts signed for 3 years, does that mean they can't play NRL for 3 years? Or is it just that they are ineligible for the first year?

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Sat 21 Oct, 2017 5:03 pm
by Pawsandclaws
will1999 wrote:
Fri 20 Oct, 2017 6:29 pm
hope Dylan Smith is good we need another fullback
He's played NSW U16s as well as Aust Schoolboys and attends Endeavour Sports High so he has a good rep history.

With 2 spots still open, we seemed to be well placed to be able to pick up two more good young players.

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Sat 21 Oct, 2017 6:21 pm
by Chicken Faced Killa
LeichhardtTiger wrote:
Sat 21 Oct, 2017 2:43 pm
So if they are on Development contracts signed for 3 years, does that mean they can't play NRL for 3 years? Or is it just that they are ineligible for the first year?
I’d imagine it’s only the 1st year. A young player would be crazy to sign a contract restricting them from player 1st grade for 3 years.

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Sat 21 Oct, 2017 6:56 pm
by Yossarian
So are we limited to just the top 30 to pick NRL players from?

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Sat 21 Oct, 2017 7:07 pm
by Geo.
Yossarian wrote:
Sat 21 Oct, 2017 6:56 pm
So are we limited to just the top 30 to pick NRL players from?
All Clubs are...outside of that exemptions will need to be sort much like they were after the old second tier Cap was exhausted which no longer exists...

It's one of the sticking points from the RLPA for the CBA in that non NRL both youth and overage players will not have a pathway to NRL if they are not on an NRL contract...

Marshall-King would not have made a debut without an exemption..

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Sat 21 Oct, 2017 7:15 pm
by formerguest
Geo. wrote:
Sat 21 Oct, 2017 7:07 pm
Yossarian wrote:
Sat 21 Oct, 2017 6:56 pm
So are we limited to just the top 30 to pick NRL players from?
All Clubs are...outside of that exemptions will need to be sort much like they were after the old second tier Cap was exhausted which no longer exists...

It's one of the sticking points from the RLPA for the CBA in that non NRL both youth and overage players will not have a pathway to NRL if they are not on an NRL contract...

Marshall-King would not have made a debut without an exemption..
AKA a complete joke.

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Sat 21 Oct, 2017 7:24 pm
by Yossarian
Geo. wrote:
Sat 21 Oct, 2017 7:07 pm
Yossarian wrote:
Sat 21 Oct, 2017 6:56 pm
So are we limited to just the top 30 to pick NRL players from?
All Clubs are...outside of that exemptions will need to be sort much like they were after the old second tier Cap was exhausted which no longer exists...

It's one of the sticking points from the RLPA for the CBA in that non NRL both youth and overage players will not have a pathway to NRL if they are not on an NRL contract...

Marshall-King would not have made a debut without an exemption..
Well yes I didn't think we'd have different conditions to other clubs!
It's a shame I think. It'd be good for these guys to have a shot at 1st grade if they're form warrants it.

Re: Wests Tigers - 2018 development players

Posted: Sat 21 Oct, 2017 8:16 pm
by Chicken Faced Killa
Yossarian wrote:
Sat 21 Oct, 2017 7:24 pm
Geo. wrote:
Sat 21 Oct, 2017 7:07 pm
Yossarian wrote:
Sat 21 Oct, 2017 6:56 pm
So are we limited to just the top 30 to pick NRL players from?
All Clubs are...outside of that exemptions will need to be sort much like they were after the old second tier Cap was exhausted which no longer exists...

It's one of the sticking points from the RLPA for the CBA in that non NRL both youth and overage players will not have a pathway to NRL if they are not on an NRL contract...

Marshall-King would not have made a debut without an exemption..
Well yes I didn't think we'd have different conditions to other clubs!
It's a shame I think. It'd be good for these guys to have a shot at 1st grade if they're form warrants it.
I think that’s the problem with the set up. If they are absolutely killing it and deserve a call up they are ineligible. It is potentially blocking pathways to 1st grade