Jason Taylor delivers 'professional' message to team


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    New Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor delivers ‘professional’ message to team
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    October 9, 2014 - 10:00PM

    New Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor left his players with a simple message; “become professional” when he met the squad for the first time.

    While Taylor doesn’t officially take the reins of the club until next month, he has wasted little time in planning for 2015. Taylor fronted his first club function at the Tigers’ end of season awards last Friday and met the playing group at the club’s Concord headquarters prior to the event.

    The former Wests Magpies halfback also sat down with skipper Robbie Farah the day before.

    “My relationship with all of the players is enormously important, but no one more important than the captain of the team, so I definitely wanted to talk to Robbie one-on-one before I met with the team so he and I were clear about how our relationship’s going to build,” Taylor said.

    "Not a great deal came out of that conversation other than the fact that he knows where I’m coming from.

    “I think for all of them, when there’s been a change like this and when you’ve had a bit of a season that you’d rather forget, when you meet the new coach, it sort of then puts last season behind you. Everybody can now look forward having met the new coach and look forward to that with some optimism.”

    Farah faced a challenging 2014 after being thrown into the spotlight because of his relationship with former coach Mick Potter. He became the face of the club’s off-field woes as he battled an elbow injury, won an Origin series before the Tigers faltered in their run to the finals.

    Taylor said he could relate with Farah having gone through his own setbacks in his rugby league career.

    “I talked to him about the fact that rugby league can be a real tough game on and off the field and just how I understand how he felt because as a player and a coach I’ve gone through those ups and downs,” Taylor said.

    "I just wanted him to understand that I know what that feels like. And I think that that would help him to realise that I can be a good sounding board and give him good support, because we’re going to have some tough times again.

    “Everybody here’s had a tough year, but we’re not going to be immune from that, from going through some tough times again. It’s just how you come out the other side of it.”

    Taylor, who has spent the past two seasons as Trent Robinson’s assistant at the Roosters, had a clear message for the rest of the playing squad.

    “[It was] about them getting themselves into a professional state of mind,” he said. "Pretty simple stuff, but the real basics of being a professional rugby league player.

    “I just wanted to take the opportunity that they were all going to be together today to just talk to them about some things I want them to start thinking about in relation to focus areas for us once we start training.”

    Taylor is yet to finalise his coaching staff, but Penrith’s high performance manager Matt Cameron is set to join former Panther Phil Moss at the club after Moss became the Tigers’ general manager of football operations.

    Taylor will spend the next few weeks poring over footage as he tries to familiarise himself with his new charges.

    “I’ve got to do a bit of work watching some of the games from this season and getting to know what players bring what to the team,” he said. "You don’t know individuals at a club when you’re coaching an opposition team anywhere near as you do once you get there.

    "I need to really just get into a few hours of watching the team play and really get an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the guys.

    http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/wests-tigers/new-wests-tigers-coach-jason-taylor-delivers-professional-message-to-team-20141008-1134wq.html



  • Thanks GEO,Taylor seems to want to get off on the right foot and building confidence and a positive outlook from his playing group,I do hope they respond in a positive and professional manner,JT appears to want them to be confident within themselves…

    Could be a very good off season coming up,and Iam looking forward to some positive feedback for our great club…



  • Potter did pretty much the same thing when he joined, and every other coach eventually gets to meet the team for their ‘first face to face address’. So there’s nothing special in this story at all. I wish JT all the best. I hope he is very successful. He will certainly learn a lot from watching some of this years’ games. He can identify the bludgers.
    And while your relationship with the captain is important it is only important while he is the captain. Farah cost us a shot at the semis this year, and he has a long way to go before I will have a positive opinion of him. I’d be happy to see him traded off, quite frankly.



  • OutbackJack,Farrah has been a stalwart for this club for many years,yes he had a bad year regarding Potter and the media,but for that bit of negativity he certainly has many positives…

    Hopefully he has learnt some valuable lessons from this year and he still is an outstanding player and captain to say the least…



  • @OutbackJack:

    Potter did pretty much the same thing when he joined, and every other coach eventually gets to meet the team for their ‘first face to face address’. So there’s nothing special in this story at all. I wish JT all the best. I hope he is very successful. He will certainly learn a lot from watching some of this years’ games. He can identify the bludgers.
    And while your relationship with the captain is important it is only important while he is the captain. Farah cost us a shot at the semis this year, and he has a long way to go before I will have a positive opinion of him. I’d be happy to see him traded off, quite frankly.[/quote]

    I think you’ve been out in the sun too long - Taylor won’t be trading off our best player.



  • With the sacking of Skando, I hope Taylor brings the same approach to strength and conditioning from the Roosters to the Tigers. They’re light years apart. It’s like flying First Class vs spending 6 weeks on a cargo ship



  • @alex:

    With the sacking of Skando, I hope Taylor brings the same approach to strength and conditioning from the Roosters to the Tigers. They’re light years apart. It’s like flying First Class vs spending 6 weeks on a cargo ship

    How do you know that?



  • I think on a tactical/strategic/planning/preparation level, Taylor is certainly going to put us on the front foot. I would wager that provided the squad remains injury free, they should have the gameplan to rattle most sides in the comp.



  • @willow:

    I think on a tactical/strategic/planning/preparation level, Taylor is certainly going to put us on the front foot. I would wager that provided the squad remains injury free, they should have the gameplan to rattle most sides in the comp.

    We showed this year that we were capable of rattling any side in the comp!
    Basically comes down to being injury free will be the key. :slight_smile:



  • @TrueTiger:

    OutbackJack,Farrah has been a stalwart for this club for many years,yes he had a bad year regarding Potter and the media,but for that bit of negativity he certainly has many positives…

    Hopefully he has learnt some valuable lessons from this year and he still is an outstanding player and captain to say the least…

    He’s a club stalwart, yes, he puts in, yes, he attempts to lead by example to some degree, yes, and he’s a great hooker, yes…
    But is he a good captain?
    I’m not convinced.
    I only ever recall the team standing under goal posts hanging heads - never once a huddle, or a pep talk/blast from the captain…
    Maybe I’m wrong but I think there something missing with his captaincy…



  • Guyofthetiger,agree with your point,maybe he has become complacent and was sick of everything dumped on him or on the other hand he may have been sick of trying his guts out to no avail and had nothing to say to the team because of disgust in their playing attitude.
    In my honest opinion I think Farrah has gone through a very frustrating time on and off the field,this new fresh start could see him return to his best…cheers 😃 :sign: :sign:



  • @TrueTiger:

    Guyofthetiger,agree with your point,maybe he has become complacent and was sick of everything dumped on him or on the other hand he may have been sick of trying his guts out to no avail and had nothing to say to the team because of disgust in their playing attitude.
    In my honest opinion I think Farrah has gone through a very frustrating time on and off the field,this new fresh start could see him return to his best…cheers 😃 :sign: :sign:

    I hope you’re right, though as captain he doesn’t have the right to a sook, yet he often seems the first to have one. It’s probably a lot yo do with his passion I’m sure, and it has been tough times, but even in the better times I don’t remember him as a standout motivator of the troops…
    As you say, a break, and renewed vision around the club, maybe this will improve…



  • I think up to now just has to be forgotten or used as a blueprint of what not to do. The club and the players must look forward.No one doubts our captains ability as a player and I believe his attitude will change.Good times are coming.


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