Taylor puts broom through Wests Tigers staff


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    New coach Jason Taylor puts broom through Wests Tigers staff
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    October 11, 2014 - 10:00PM
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    Adrian Proszenko
    Chief Rugby League Reporter

    “It is a tight group, which is something I’m pleased to come across”: Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor.

    David Kidwell is one of the sole survivors as new mentor Jason Taylor puts a broom through the Wests Tigers’ coaching ranks.

    Upon replacing Mick Potter, Taylor was given authority to bring in his own coaching staff and hasquickly embarked on a cleanout.

    Former Tigers Steve Roach, Paul Sironen, Todd Payten and John Skandalis have remained involved with the club after their playing careers, but all will be moved on when pre-season training commences.

    Like Potter, the quartet were all off contract and will not be given new deals. Sironen’s role as NYC manager no longer exists, while Roach will always be welcome to contribute at Concord Oval despite the Tigers opting not to continue with a specialist forwards coach.

    Tigers NYC coach Andrew Webster has accepted a job as an assistant to Andrew McFadden at the Warriors, while former assistant Payten isn’t in the club’s plans moving forward.

    The Tigers are yet to settle on a strength and conditioning coach, a position that has been held by Luke Portese.

    Kidwell, who was an assistant to Potter, has been given an opportunity to remain with the joint-venture outfit after impressing in his first year in the job. He is also poised to join the New Zealand national side as an assistant to Stephen Kearney for the Four Nations.

    Kidwell has a relationship with Taylor from their time at South Sydney; Kidwell was the Rabbitohs captain when Taylor was the head coach at the foundation club.

    While he has only recently been appointed, Taylor has already begun to put his stamp on the Tigers. He has appointed Matt Cameron, with whom he worked at Parramatta, as an assistant.

    The former North Sydney halfback also has a good relationship with another former Eels official – the Tigers’ new head of football, Phil Moss.

    With the majority of his staff in place, Taylor is now focused on the best preparation for his playing roster when they return from their annual holiday. The former NSW representative has already met with his team .

    “I’ve been pleasantly surprised with a number of things in relation to the attitude of the players,” Taylor said.

    “It is a tight group, which is something I’m pleased to come across. It’s only early days. I’ve had a chat with the group and a few individuals.”

    One of those individuals is Robbie Farah. The captain has conceded there were times when he questioned his future at the club during a tumultuous year, but Taylor said the Blues rake was in a good frame of mind in the lead up to the pre-season.

    “We’ve talked about a lot of things and we walked away confident that we’ll build a good working relationship,” Taylor said.

    The Tigers recently announced the signings of Kevin Naiqama for a one-year deal, and Chance Peni for two seasons.

    Naiqama joins the Tigers after a stint with Penrith in which he scored seven tries in eight NRL appearances and was a key member of the NSW Cup premiership-winning Panthers side.

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    So… Webster Payten Roach Skando Portese and Sironen gone…

    Kidwell and Cameron assistants…Fresh start…I like it…



  • Thanks Geo

    Kidwell kept

    That surprised me to be honest



  • We look like being a professionally run business…
    The boys club seems to be non existent,all the better…

    Full steam ahead toward our next premiership in a couple of years hopefully…


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    Jobs for the boys days are finally over… Another legacy of the Sheenius era… Over… Who reckons Sheens will ever get an NRL head coaching gig again…?..

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  • Let the good times roll…… 😃


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    @alexaki:

    Jobs for the boys days are finally over… Another legacy of the Sheenius era… Over… Who reckons Sheens will ever get an NRL head coaching gig again…?..

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    Who cares…he got us a Premiership…it’s been 2 years and you’re still infatuated with him…move on…

    It’s Taylors Tigers now



  • so the bloke in charge of defense….where we let in 230 point in 6 games…that bloke impressed???



  • To be fair if all the others had to go Kidwell should of been with them on the way out the door…lucky he knows the new coach …

    Next years results will prove his value or not…



  • @alexaki:

    Jobs for the boys days are finally over… Another legacy of the Sheenius era… Over… Who reckons Sheens will ever get an NRL head coaching gig again…?..

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    i think he might to be honest, he was always trying to be extremely innovative and sometimes that backfired on him and others it worked wonders. paired with the right assistants he could do well.

    whether he’s still got that ability to coach a team to a premiership is a completely different question however.



  • @innsaneink:

    so the bloke in charge of defense….where we let in 230 point in 6 games…that bloke impressed???

    id expect a reserve grade backline to let in that many points to be honest.

    i remember our NSW/NYC team played parra FG in a trial earlier in the year, and they actually played decently but still lost by 40 or 50 points.

    rewatch the tigers vs raiders game. we lost teddy in 10 seconds, and another forward shortly after. it was a really gritty win, and i saw some starch in our defence i hadnt seen in a very long time. i know it was an atrocious raiders outfit, but i still really liked our attitude on our goal line.

    consistency is obviously an issue though, as it is with many young players/teams



  • Fair kick in the backside for Payten. He’s had some success with the young fellas and was talked about as a potential head coach.



  • @innsaneink:

    so the bloke in charge of defense….where we let in 230 point in 6 games…that bloke impressed???

    Yep, hard to see the logic there at all.
    If a defensive coach doesn’t get it right in the first year, how many more tricks could they possibly have up their sleeve?



  • @happy tiger:

    Thanks Geo

    Kidwell kept

    That surprised me to be honest

    Not me, he was one of the few outside influences who has not had a previous history with the Tigers. I think with all the “boys” gone Kidwell will be able to establish himself better at the club.


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    @innsaneink:

    so the bloke in charge of defense….where we let in 230 point in 6 games…that bloke impressed???

    Its not jobs for the boys. Its jobs for Taylors mates.


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