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THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN
By Wayne Cousins
Friday, 6 November 2009
Wests Tigers players returned to Concord Oval today to begin preparations for the 2010 Telstra Premiership.
The NRL squad gathered for a series of tests and information sessions. It was also a chance for new signings Jason Cayless, Mitch Brown, Geoff Daniela, Mark Flanagan, Junior Moors, Arana Taumata and Tame Tupou to meet their new team-mates.
For lock Liam Fulton and utility Daniel Fitzhenry, it was a case of re-acquating themselves with some of their former team-mates.
Wests Tigers Football Operations Manager Alan Mair said it was pleasing to see the players back in the new state of the art gymnasium designed by High Performance Manager Steve Folkes.
“The players underwent endurance, strength and skin folds tests,’’ Mair said.
“They all came back with satisfactory results. Our new players really applied themselves well. The players will start full-time training next week under Assistant Coach Peter Gentle and Steve Folkes.”
Wests Tigers CEO Stephen Humphreys said one of the top priorities for 2010 was to improve the depth of the NRL squad.
“To this end, we expect to have a full-time squad of 34 players in 2010 along with six additional players who will train full-time over the off-season,’’ Humphreys said.
“If you think about our squad as 40 players, 11 of that squad played in the successful U20s side in 2009. It is great to see so many of our young players earning places in the top squad.”
Wests Tigers 2010 NRL squad:
Full-time Off Season squad
Any room left for Lote or Jeff Lima???
"If you think about our squad as 40 players, 11 of that squad played in the successful U20s side in 2009. It is great to see so many of our young players earning places in the top squad.”
I Like this bit…still room for Lortay and Lima + 2 more…
What a master stroke from Sheens getting Folkes in while he is away… hey Bug…A First Grage Coach with a proven record to be there to commence pre season training…even took Royce with him…Sheens may do some dumd things but he isn’t stupid…
Aaron Woods, Andrew Fifita, Jason Schirnack, Junior Roqica, Matt Hyland, Nu Akeripa,Robert Lui, Simon Dwyer, Willie Mataka, Rhys Curran,Josh Davis,Chris Corby, Rhys Pritchard, Jake Mullaney and David Fifita…Great to see so many Under 20’s and State Cup youngsters being retained…Wests and Balmain State Cup teams will have strong teams next year…No Gower, Farlow, Hanbury or Payne…Hmmm
Bring on 2010…can’t wait…
This time last year people were thinking that 2009 would be a year that:
- Moltzen would spend in the reserve grade
- slow Tuiaki would be challenged by juniors
- Lawrence and Marshall would be the halves
- who the hell was Blake Ayshford???
Sheens sure does keep a lot of secrets. Up until round 1 this year we were all expecting Macca or Mighty Mouse to be the number 1, yet Moltzen stepped in and he turned out to be the answer to our halfback problems. Who would have guessed that?
My point is that the list above says nothing except for the following: expect the unexpected!
I think Lote is pretty much a done deal - so he would be #39.
Leaves one spot open hopefully Lima - i think Storm are waiting on a decision from Dallas Johnston about going to France first - hopefully they get this sorted and Johnston stays so Lima joins us after he comes back from Four Nations. Not that i really care but i think Storm would miss Johnston heaps he does a lot of work for them and may be as big a loss as if they were to lose on of their big names Snith, Slater, Cronk, Inglis. Hopefully Bellamy realises this and they push to keep him so Jeff returns to WT.