Todd Payten to take job at New Zealand Warriors, not Wests T



  • DateSeptember 13, 2014 - 10:00PM 17 reading now
    Adrian Proszenko
    Chief Rugby League Reporter

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    Todd Payten is likely to take up an assistant’s role at the New Zealand Warriors in a move that will cull one candidate for the head coaching role at Wests Tigers.

    Payten is an assistant to Tigers coach Mick Potter, who fronted the club’s new board on Wednesday night with his pitch for a contract extension. Payten and fellow Tigers assistant David Kidwell are among the contenders for the top job should Potter be overlooked.

    The Warriors do not want to cruel Payten’s chances of becoming a head coach and there will not be any announcements until the Tigers situation is resolved. However, it is understood the former Raiders, Roosters and Tigers forward is a long shot to succeed Potter and the Warriors are his most likely destination.

    The development increases the chances of Kidwell, ironically a strong contender for the top job at the Warriors last year, taking the role.

    Payten – who, like Potter and Kidwell, is about to come off contract – has a strong relationship with Warriors mentor Andrew McFadden from their time playing together at Canberra. The Warriors are in the process of reviewing their football staff and both of their assistants, former Queensland three-quarter Adam Mogg and fellow deputy Ricky Henry, will be moved on.

    “That was a decision made by me, both of those guys have been terrific but I think I need a little bit more experience in that area so that’s one of the things I have really targeted,” McFadden said.

    “I am very disappointed the way the season turned out. It certainly doesn’t sit easy with me but it is what it is. We weren’t good enough to make [the finals] so that means we have got to change some things.”

    When asked specifically about Payten, McFadden said: “I’m not going to talk about any specific names here. I am looking at all our options in that regard and hopefully I’ll have some information to give people in the near future.”

    Potter is poised to go back to training the Tigers on Monday without knowing whether he has a job for next season. Other candidates likely to be in the frame for his job include Brisbane’s Anthony Griffin, Roosters assistant Jason Taylor and St Helens’ Nathan Brown.

    The Tigers made a promising start this year before slumping to a 13th-placed finish, two spots higher than Potter’s first year in charge. The club’s chances were cruelled by instability off the field and a horror injury toll on it. The joint-venture outfit was forced to use 32 players in 2015. Only Cronulla, with 37, used more.

    Payten – who, like Potter and Kidwell, is about to come off contract – has a strong relationship with Warriors mentor Andrew McFadden from their time playing together at Canberra. The Warriors are in the process of reviewing their football staff and both of their assistants, former Queensland three-quarter Adam Mogg and fellow deputy Ricky Henry, will be moved on.

    “That was a decision made by me, both of those guys have been terrific but I think I need a little bit more experience in that area so that’s one of the things I have really targeted,” McFadden said.


    with Sarah Harvey



  • If true, I wonder what Payten knows that the rest of us do not?

    In any case, I really like Payten but I cannot help thinking that he has played some part in all the destabilising that has gone on in the last 12-18 months……



  • Part of the boys club. Time to move on



  • Not a bad thing

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  • Cya m8



  • yeah probably not a bad thing, certainly if some of the talk was true that Payten was involved in the off field drama



  • Good for him, good for the club



  • his tenure as assistant coach has left a sour taste in my mouth.

    good luck to him. he certainly has potential to be a great coach- sucks that it wont be with us.



  • He’s a nice enough bloke but I reckon moving on is a good thing for him and the club.


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    @willow:

    He’s a nice enough bloke but I reckon moving on is a good thing for him and the club.

    Anyone who white ants is not a nice bloke. I have been told by a father of a player that Payten has white anted Potter all year.

    GRUB



  • @king sirro:

    @willow:

    He’s a nice enough bloke but I reckon moving on is a good thing for him and the club.

    Anyone who white ants is not a nice bloke. I have been told by a father of a player that Payten has white anted Potter all year.

    GRUB

    x 2 KS have heard the same



  • Should never have been in contention to be our head coach until at least 2020. He’s one of the boys and would continue to let his mates run the club.



  • Probably an interesting question

    I wonder who Potter would sign as assistants ??



  • I think kidwell was Potters choice?

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    @tig_prmz:

    I think kidwell was Potters choice?

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    In his 2 season Potter has had his assistants chosen for him

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