MYSTERY MAN - REVEALED


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    Meet the mystery man who could hold the key to Wests Tigers’ future

    Adrian Proszenko
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    JANUARY 31 2017 - 10:00PM

    This is the mystery man who could hold the key to Wests Tigers retaining their off-contract superstars.

    Joe Wehbe is known in league circles as the “football whisperer”, a secret mentor to a host of Tigers topliners including Aaron Woods, James Tedesco and Mitchell Moses. In a bid to retain them and fellow free agent Luke Brooks, the Tigers have opened negotiations with Wehbe about a potential role at the joint-venture outfit.

    While he works with some of the biggest names in the game across a number of clubs, he is no attention seeker. Described as a “touch footy guru”, Wehbe has been at pains to keep his association with players confidential, but has quickly emerged as one of rugby league’s most intriguing characters. He is the father of The X Factor contestant Carla Wehbe, who made such an impression during her 2013 audition that judge Redfoo cooed, “You have what it takes to make the world happy”.

    The property developer is close friends with Stephen Kearney and their association has spanned club and country. Wehbe was on staff during Kearney’s stint as New Zealand coach, operating under the title “peak performance coach”. Kearney, a former assistant to Wayne Bennett at the Brisbane, also invited Wehbe for a series of Broncos training sessions. His stint at Red Hill – at which he reportedly gave playmakers advice which included “trust the ball” – coincided with a three-match winning streak.

    Wehbe is believed to be close to influential manager Isaac Moses, who recently added Tedesco to a stable that includes fellow Tigers Woods, Brooks and Moses. Interestingly, some of the manager’s high-profile clients either follow Carla Wehbe on Twitter or have promoted her work on social media.

    Talks between Wehbe and the Tigers are only at a preliminary stage, but a source said, “The players love him, they would be more likely to stay at the club if he’s there”.

    Woods and Tedesco have credited a confidant for helping them take the next step in their careers. While neither would mention him by name, it’s understood they were referring to Wehbe.

    “There is someone else I talk to, he doesn’t want his name mentioned,” Tedesco told Fairfax Media last April.

    "I’ve been seeing him since last year and I talk pretty much every week. He’s a sports psych guy who speaks to a few of the boys and players from other teams.

    "I speak to him about my game and about life, he’s been heaps good for me professionally.

    "Woodsey mentioned it to me, him and a few other boys see him. Woodsey saw him and started playing for NSW and Australia, that sort of stuff.

    “The main thing he talks to us about is playing footy and not putting too much stress on your mind about your game. When you come into first grade you think too much, about expectations, and stress yourself out. He goes back to you playing your natural game, just playing footy,” Tedesco said.

    “That’s a big thing for me, when you think too much about what you should do, that’s when you’re in your head and not playing what’s in front of you. He’s been awesome.”


    The Tigers face a huge challenge to retain their star quartet. It’s believed their preference is to remain together, although Jason Taylor is also off contract and it’s likely a decision will be delayed until there is more clarity about the coach’s future.

    The joint-venture outfit is moving to secure other off-contract talent, locking in Mosese Suli on a three-year extension worth $1.3 million. It is the biggest contract ever signed by a player yet to make his NRL debut.

    http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/meet-the-mystery-man-who-could-hold-the-key-to-wests-tigers-future-20170131-gu22eq.html



  • Mystery man sounds like an absolute genius,especially if he can sort out a rugby league players head…
    Hope we can secure his services…we need all the help we can get ATM…



  • I reckon this is Tiger Torch!



  • @Tiger Watto:

    I reckon this is Tiger Torch!

    You might be on the money!!



  • Its getting to the point where i think its going to take a catasrrophe for the club to not get these guys wrapped up. I’ve never felt the positive vibes around the club with other players coming off contract like there is atm. I use to be a nervous wreck back in the days when Marshall and Farah used to be off contract. Even Tedesco’s last contract i was nervous. This time around it just feels different. You can see that Pascoe is working with them equally on the direction the club is heading.



  • @supercoach:

    @Tiger Watto:

    I reckon this is Tiger Torch!

    You might be on the money!!

    It’s not him



  • @Milky:

    @supercoach:

    @Tiger Watto:

    I reckon this is Tiger Torch!

    You might be on the money!!

    It’s not him

    Well Miky if you know who he is, get him to come back to the forum and tell us what is happening at camp Concord


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    Mental toughness has always been a chink in Wests Tigers armour anything that helps in this area is a positive…

    He might even do some workshops for some in the fanbase…cough happy cough*



  • I dont think he is Tiger Torch, it would be a big breach of the trust that he has with the players and significantly dilute the work he has been doing with the players.



  • @Tiger Come Lately:

    I dont think he is Tiger Torch, it would be a big breach of the trust that he has with the players and significantly dilute the work he has been doing with the players.

    I think a few people need to check the batteries in their sarcasm detectors :slight_smile:



  • He’s not TT. Watto’s just trying to throw us off the scent.



  • @Milky:

    @supercoach:

    @Tiger Watto:

    I reckon this is Tiger Torch!

    You might be on the money!!

    It’s not him

    You sound quite definitive there.

    Care to elaborate on who you think/know it is? 😃



  • @underdog:

    @Milky:

    @supercoach:

    @Tiger Watto:

    I reckon this is Tiger Torch!

    You might be on the money!!

    It’s not him

    You sound quite definitive there.

    Care to elaborate on who you think/know it is? 😃

    Milky = Tiger Torch



  • I like how Woodsy and Teddy come out recently and say “yeah I talk to this sort of life coach about stress, dealing with my game etc. He’s very helpful but also private, doesn’t want a profile or to be named.”

    And a week later the media figure out who it is and write a column about it.



  • It’s nice to hear the players feel comfort in being able to talk to this chap about the pressures of Footy and any Personal issues they may have .
    A big + by our Club in starting talks with having a role for him within our Club , we all know the pressures of Footy get to some more than others and we’ve had enough players commit suicide feeling isolated with any problems there feeling and having someone around the Club who is a sports Psych may help detecting players that aren’t doing well for whatever reason .

    Keep up the good work Wests Tigers


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