Persistent Potter puts stamp on Tigers job

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After his coaching career was supposedly on a razor’s edge a fortnight ago, Mick Potter is expected to receive the ultimate vote of confidence on Monday when his Wests Tigers support staff for next year is officially announced.

Todd Payten, the former Wests Tigers forward who coached the under-20s this season, and David Kidwell, the former Kiwi international, are expected to headline Potter’s new-look staff.

However, after Potter’s position was rumoured to be under serious threat a few weeks ago, Wests Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer said his ‘‘no excuses’’ approach to a challenging season - which was frustrated by a high injury toll and the dramatic slump in form by rugby-bound Benji Marshall - spoke volumes for the coach’s character.

‘‘There was a structural review a few weeks ago and it basically said Potter [and Mayer] would now move ahead populating that structure,’’ Mayer said.
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‘‘On Friday afternoon, we finalised the senior piece of the puzzle so, come Monday, I expect to send a release in regards to the senior coaching structure and you’ll see some existing people have moved up and some who have come in.’’

Potter, who replaced Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens at the Wests Tigers, is contracted to the joint-venture club until the end of next year, and would be under no illusion the club’s board - and success-starved supporters - will demand results next season.

‘‘He, like every other coach off contract next year, would know the board and everyone will be looking at him after eight or 10 weeks, as is the normal case,’’ Mayer said.

‘‘But at least he can be judged on: one, his own recruitment and, two, his own staff. That’ll be the best thing for him and we’re all looking forward to it.’’

Potter has recruited players such as Penrith’s Blake Austin, earmarked as a contender to fill the No.6 jersey vacated by Marshall, Bulldogs forward Martin Taupau and former Wests Tigers players Dene Halatau (Canterbury) and Pat Richards (Wigan), who played in the club’s triumphant 2005 grand final team.

Potter also proved he was prepared to make a stand when he thought it was necessary, dropping Marshall to the bench because of discipline issues when he violated the club’s code that forbids injured players from drinking alcohol.

While the move was criticised by some factions in the merged club, and by some commentators and fans, Potter proved he possessed the mettle to make a tough decision.

Potter also helped improve the form of high-priced Melbourne Storm recruit Adam Blair - who had been lambasted for playing below expectations - when he made it clear, amid speculation the Kiwi international was about to be released from his $500,000-a-year deal to join Parramatta, that he wouldn’t allow him to leave because he was too valuable to the team.

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Coaching structure announcement due this Monday! What a big 7 days of announcements its been!

Should be a very interesting offseason at the Tigers, plenty of changes being made and with some new signings and up and coming youngsters vying for selection, Potter shouldn’t need to motivate them too much to push one another.

I hope its made clear just who is doing what role….but good to hear some confidence being shown in Potter.
Im not sure if he has what we need…but he needs to be given a fair go

What do we need?

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@tigergirlz:

What do we need?

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Very astute question….I wonder who will be our defensive coach.?

David Kidwell has agreed to terms as assistant coach at Wests Tigers. Kidwell is leaving Melbourne at the end of their finals campaign to be closer to his family and will take up the post as an assistant to Michael Potter. The former New Zealand international is highly regarded at the Storm and it is hoped he will follow Craig Bellamy’s former right-hand man Michael Maguire and become a first-grade coach. The Tigers are likely to appoint Brad Fittler as a halves coach and Steve Roach to mentor the forwards.

Read more: > http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/maguire-on-top-of-eels-wish-list-20130914-2trox.html#ixzz2euXFQEuD

Surely we can do better than blocker….I thought he was forwards ‘mentor’ already

I just want it made clear who is coaching defense

@innsaneink:

David Kidwell has agreed to terms as assistant coach at Wests Tigers. Kidwell is leaving Melbourne at the end of their finals campaign to be closer to his family and will take up the post as an assistant to Michael Potter. The former New Zealand international is highly regarded at the Storm and it is hoped he will follow Craig Bellamy’s former right-hand man Michael Maguire and become a first-grade coach. The Tigers are likely to appoint Brad Fittler as a halves coach and Steve Roach to mentor the forwards.

Read more: > http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/maguire-on-top-of-eels-wish-list-20130914-2trox.html#ixzz2euXFQEuD

Surely we can do better than blocker….I thought he was forwards ‘mentor’ already

I just want it made clear who is coaching defense

I’m very happy with that structure. Compare those guys to what we had. Worlds apart. Great stuff

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Cant wait to see how good were going to be in 2014 with the new signings.

@Eye Of Da Tiger:

We need to win.

I just hope people don’t have massive expectations for 2014 and whether Freddy is the right person to mentor our halves is questionable

He played a completely different style to Brooks and we have no idea who the 6 will even be

Getting back to my other point , if we manage 10 wins next season it will be a major achievement in my eyes

Yeah that’s about as good as we can hope for.

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