Brothers Curtis and Bayley Sironen aim to follow in father Paul’s footsteps at Wests Tigers
February 17, 2016 9:00pm
CHRISTIAN NICOLUSSIThe Daily Telegraph
THE last time Curtis and Bayley Sironen appeared together in the middle of Leichhardt Oval on a game day was nearly 20 years ago.
Their famous father Paul Sironen, a Balmain favourite, had just played the 246th and final game for the club on a wet afternoon in 1998, and was completing his lap of honour with his two young sons.
Now Curtis, 22, and Bayley, 19, would love to continue the family legacy by having not one but two Sironens play for the Tigers.
Brothers Bayley and Curtis are aiming to extend for Sironen legacy at Wests Tigers.
Bayley only joined the Wests Tigers’ NRL squad this season, and while he’s still eligible for Holden Cup, with a little luck could pop up along side Curtis in the backrow later on in the year.
“He’d have to have a good start to the year, and if injuries allow it, I can’t see why he couldn’t make it this year,’’ Curtis said of Bayley.
The brothers are Balmain through and through. They’re tall and solid like Paul. They grew up on the same street as the three sons of Steve “Blocker’’ Roach, another Balmain great who played in the 1988 and 1989 grand finals along side Sironen.
“We used to play footy where it three-on-two, with Bayley and Dan, the eldest Roach, against me, Liam and AJ Roach,’’ Curtis said.
“I still remember dad’s last game. It was in the rain and they got smoked by the Roosters. But we did the lap of honour with Bayley, and we’ve got the photo, which is cool.’’
Bayley said he was too young to remember his dad in action, ‘’but he still puts on the videos and shows us the highlights reel’’.
Living at home with their dad, it was impossible not to ignore the topic of footy. Now Bayley had been promoted to the NRL squad, Paul was quick to jack up his rent.
“It’s a stitch-up,’’ Bayley said.
Curtis added: “He can be grumpy. But as long as you pay your board.’’
Surely Paul is happy both his boys are in the top squad.
“If he is he doesn’t show it. He just rides us,’’ quipped Curtis.
Curtis rolled his ankle during an opposed session a couple of weeks ago, missed the Melbourne trial but will line up in the backrow against Cronulla on Saturday.
Bayley simply wants to get a taste of NSW Cup and enjoy an injury-free year, with recent surgeries on his shoulder and ankle limiting his game time.
As for who will be referred to as a “Siro’’, Curtis said: “Probably both of us. We also get ‘Siz’. If you’re a serious person these days, they get called ‘Siro’. Everyone is a ‘Siro’.’’