Wests Tigers - 2018 development players


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    Wests Tigers announce 2018 development players

    Fri 20th October, 05:00PM

    Wests Tigers have today confirmed the club’s development players for the 2018 season.

    Under the new NRL initiative clubs are able to sign a maximum of six development players each year, with Wests Tigers choosing to have four in 2018.

    The club is pleased to announce the signing of Thomas Mikaele, Heath Gibbs, Sam McIntyre and Dylan Smith, all having committed to Wests Tigers for the next three seasons, with all four players to train with Wests Tigers fulltime.

    Wests Tigers Recruitment Manager David Warwick said that the club was looking forwarding to having the players take the next step in the careers at Wests Tigers.

    “These young men will join us as development players and all possess great talent,” said Warwick. “We look forward to seeing them progress as they train fulltime with our senior squad. Training fulltime for a first year player is in itself a hard task however over the next 12 months I expect to see the boys develop quite rapidly.

    “As a part of their development player contract they’re not eligible for NRL selection so will begin the year with the Under 20s team but I expect to see them feature in the Intrust Super Premiership side throughout the season,” he said.

    Thomas Mikaele was a part of Wests Tigers’ Holden Cup squad in 2017 and represented the club on 17 occasions. The 19-year-old front rower was also a part of the Australian Schoolboys and Queensland Under 18s teams in both 2015 and 2016.

    Heath Gibbs, 19, will join Wests Tigers from the Newcastle Knights. Gibbs, originally from Bourke, is the nephew of Timana Tahu and is a powerful outside back.

    Also joining Wests Tigers from the Knights is 19-year-old Sam McIntyre who hails from Port Macquarie and has recently worked his way from the centres into the backrow.

    Wests Tigers’ third development player for 2018 is 18-year-old Dylan Smith. Smith is the current Australian Schoolboys fullback and will join the club from the Cronulla Sharks.

    As well as the four development players Wests Tigers are pleased to announce the re-signing of local junior Alex Seyfarth for the next three years. Seyfarth had a breakout year in 2017, graduating from the Balmain Tigers SG Ball team into Wests Tigers’ Holden Cup squad, where he played 11 games.

    The 18 year old was rewarded for his form with a spot in the NSW Under 18 team that defeated Queensland at ANZ Stadium earlier this year. Seyfarth will start his development player contract in 2019.

    Player Profiles
    Heath Gibbs
    Date of Birth — 2nd February, 1998
    Position — Centre, Second Row
    Junior Club — Souths Newcastle


    Sam McIntyre
    Date of Birth — 20th March, 1998
    Position — Second Row, Lock
    Junior Club — Port Macquarie Sharks


    Thomas Mikaele
    Date of Birth — 11th January, 1998
    Position — Prop, Lock, Second Row
    Junior Club — Goodna Eagles
    Rep. Honours — Australian Schoolboys (2015-16), QLD U/18’s (2015-16), QLD U/20’s (2017)

    Dylan Smith
    Position — Fullback
    Junior Club — Endeavour Sports High School
    Rep. Honours — Australian Schoolboys (2017), NSW U/16’s (2015)

    http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2017/10/20/wests_tigers_announc.html


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    Welcome aboard young men…

    Good to see Alex Seyfarth still in the plans…



  • hope Dylan Smith is good we need another fullback



  • Still I ask, why sign only 4 when 6 is the possibility?
    Can someone explain the benefits/disadvantages to this?


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    Still I ask, why sign only 4 when 6 is the possibility?
    Can someone explain the benefits/disadvantages to this?

    You can add another 2 later if the quality becomes available if you wish…



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    Still I ask, why sign only 4 when 6 is the possibility?
    Can someone explain the benefits/disadvantages to this?

    Maybe we are sick of bringing on our own juniors for the high end of town and have decided to poach other nurseries.

    You can criticise successful teams or try to emulate them.



  • Interesting to see how these guys go. Good luck to them.



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    Still I ask, why sign only 4 when 6 is the possibility?
    Can someone explain the benefits/disadvantages to this?

    Stuffed if I can see the point of cherry picking some young players to develop that cannot play NRL if they prove worthy.



  • “As a part of their development player contract they’re not eligible for NRL selection so will begin the year with the Under 20s team but I expect to see them feature in the Intrust Super Premiership side throughout the season,” he said.

    I thought U20’s wasn’t happening anymore?

    Edit: Turns out there are state U20 comps next year.



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    @:

    Still I ask, why sign only 4 when 6 is the possibility?
    Can someone explain the benefits/disadvantages to this?

    You can add another 2 later if the quality becomes available if you wish…

    Makes sense, thanks.



  • So if they are on Development contracts signed for 3 years, does that mean they can’t play NRL for 3 years? Or is it just that they are ineligible for the first year?



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    hope Dylan Smith is good we need another fullback

    He’s played NSW U16s as well as Aust Schoolboys and attends Endeavour Sports High so he has a good rep history.

    With 2 spots still open, we seemed to be well placed to be able to pick up two more good young players.



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    So if they are on Development contracts signed for 3 years, does that mean they can’t play NRL for 3 years? Or is it just that they are ineligible for the first year?

    I’d imagine it’s only the 1st year. A young player would be crazy to sign a contract restricting them from player 1st grade for 3 years.



  • So are we limited to just the top 30 to pick NRL players from?


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    So are we limited to just the top 30 to pick NRL players from?

    All Clubs are…outside of that exemptions will need to be sort much like they were after the old second tier Cap was exhausted which no longer exists…

    It’s one of the sticking points from the RLPA for the CBA in that non NRL both youth and overage players will not have a pathway to NRL if they are not on an NRL contract…

    Marshall-King would not have made a debut without an exemption…


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