SMH Article - Wests Tigers adamant they are on track for top four NRL finish in 2017

http://m.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/wests-tigers-adamant-they-are-on-track-for-top-four-nrl-finish-in-2017-20150725-gikd52.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

Wests Tigers chair Marina Go is adamant the club can still achieve their lofty goal of becoming entrenched in the top four within three years despite the latest loss all but consigning the joint venture to its first wooden spoon.

The merged outfit recently released its three-year strategic plan for the period to 2017, with a raft of targets for performance on and off the field. Those included the ambition of making the top four and having 12 local juniors in the current squad, although the 16-page document went public before the Tigers discovered the full extent of its salary cap dramas. The club is over the limit for next year after years of rostering mismanagement, although the release of Keith Galloway to take up a three-year deal with Leeds in the Super League will provide some relief.

A string of losses, the latest to the Roosters on Friday night, have left the Tigers on the bottom rung of the ladder and will make their commercial goals of boosting membership and attendance even more difficult to achieve. However, Go is confident the club can emerge from a difficult period to fulfil all of its publicly stated objectives, including playing finals football in 2017.

Advertisement

“Yes, we believe we can still get there,” Go said.

"We believe we have some of the best young talent in the game, everyone tells us that, we believe it and we are committed to that. We have great faith in our players. I know it’s challenging because of where we sit on the ladder it is difficult for our members. Of course we want to go out there every week and win. We’re also taking the long game with this.

"That’s why [coach] Jason [Taylor] is committed to sticking with the team he’s got because, if not, we won’t have that winning team in three years, which is when we expect to have it.

"We are not wavering, we’re not moving from our position of believing where we can get to. We believe in the group, we believe in our coach and we believe in where the business is heading.

"We always knew the first year was going to be tough and it has been. We were up for it and we’re not afraid of [the challenge].

“We honestly believe in the future of these young guys. We want to make the finals in 2017, absolutely.”

Complicating the cap issue is the fact that boom halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses are effectively free agents from November 1. The pair are signed until the end of 2017 but the final year of their contract is an option in their favour. They are entitled to $600,000 each in their final season should they exercise the option, with the big salaries an indication of the size of the gamble the Tigers have taken on them maturing into established playmakers.

While the political infighting between joint-venture partners Balmain and Western Suburbs is a thing of the past, there is still a leadership void at Wests Tigers. The club is yet to settle on a chief executive officer to replace Grant Mayer, with a shortlist of candidates expected to be prepared by the end of the week.

“The candidates have been amazing, it’s really encouraging to see the quality of people who want to run our club,” Go said.

“It’s clearly a good brand and an opportunity a lot of people want and it’s testament to the brand, the club and everyone who went before us.”

Taylor said he was hopeful of negotiating releases for more players in coming weeks to alleviate salary cap pressures.

“[Galloway’s departure] does help us with our salary cap issues,” Taylor told Triple M. “Hopefully a bit more of that can happen between now and the end of the year.”

@ricksen:

Complicating the cap issue is the fact that boom halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses are effectively free agents from November 1. The pair are signed until the end of 2017 but the final year of their contract is an option in their favour. They are entitled to $600,000 each in their final season should they exercise the option, with the big salaries an indication of the size of the gamble the Tigers have taken on them maturing into established playmakers.

Maybe I’m dumb but this doesn’t make sense to me.

Signed until end 2017, with that year in their favour. OK but how are they free agents this year when still contracted throughout 2016?

No light and shade in what Marina Go says, its all positive spin. Very business like and a modern approach but right about now we need some humility and passion not that crap.

Very hard to imagine after the last month of football how we are going to lift from last to top four in two years without being able to hit the player market with a wheelbarrow full of money.

Go has to be extremely optimistic, she has a message to sell and at present it is like selling seats on Malaysian Airlines, its a very tuff gig.

One thing is for certain, with our current roster she is dreaming if she think we will be any where near the top four in two years

@jirskyr:

@ricksen:

Complicating the cap issue is the fact that boom halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses are effectively free agents from November 1. The pair are signed until the end of 2017 but the final year of their contract is an option in their favour. They are entitled to $600,000 each in their final season should they exercise the option, with the big salaries an indication of the size of the gamble the Tigers have taken on them maturing into established playmakers.

Maybe I’m dumb but this doesn’t make sense to me.

Signed until end 2017, with that year in their favour. OK but how are they free agents this year when still contracted throughout 2016?

Because as of November 1st they can be signed by another team for 2017. Doesn’t exactly make them ‘free agents’ though, just means they are coming off contract.

Correct.
If my contract finishes at the end of the 2016 season, I’m free to negotiate with other teams as of November 1, 2015.
Ridiculous system.

Absolute madness to risk giving two players on which we are pinning our hopes for the future, an option in their favour - on the same day!!! - when you have no back up plan!!!

There are 25 main contracts and yet we only discovered we had over committed after the new admin and board (including Moss) had been there for almost a year.

How embarrassing. Our leadership should be ashamed of themselves. It’s one thing to do stupid deals it’s another to not get across the detail of your business after you take it over - especially when you knew upfront it would be a problem… We were only fined a few years ago…

Posted using RoarFEED 4.2.0

Back loading contracts again and paying overs in regards to brooks and Moses. They are only 100k players ATM in my opinion and to give these guys 600k in 2 yrs time they had better pull their finger out.

Bwaaahaahaaa
If Brooks & Moses stay in their last year they get $600k each but in the meantime we still have to get rid of players to stay under the cap?

So we won’t sign anyone of significance, still have to release players who are most certainly above minimum contract money, still have 2 x young halves who still won’t have a decent forward pack BUT we will be in the top 4 in a couple of years?

Like my dad said, everything before but … Is bullshit.

Posted using RoarFEED 4.2.0

i thought JT was a fool but M/S GO takes the cake she is either on drugs or is a lair. how the hell can this club climb of the bottom of the heap this and next year without being able to buy players with out experience. talk about keep the fans in the dark and feeding us bull shit, it just seems to flow from there mouths.

Did anyone hear JT on MMM?
The last few paragraphs are interesting (taken from the MMM interview), in that we’re actively trying to move some contracted players on. Shame that there’s no one decent left on the market for 2016.

No confidence from me.
I’m starting to smell desperation from Go

I hope Teddy doesn’t see that 200k players Brooks and Moses are on 600k when he gave up that figure to stay loyal. Thanks Marina for getting rid of that fool Mayer but one year too late.

Posted using RoarFEED 4.2.0

Sounds like someone trying to polish a turd and sell it to us as silver.

Recent Topics

Support our community by clicking here and joining our Forum Support Scheme