Cleary: It's a new dawn at Wests Tigers



  • Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary says he’s excited for his first full pre-season with the club with a number of changes around the team for the 2018 season.

    Having joined Wests Tigers midway through the 2017 season, Cleary said that his first year in charge of the side was one filled with promise and a marked improvement in resilience, but that further changes were needed in 2018 to take the next step.

    For Cleary, those steps will begin in pre-season — his 11th as a coach but his first at Wests Tigers and first since 2015 when he was Head Coach of the Penrith Panthers.

    “Pre-season is a really good chance to actually start from the start,” Cleary said.

    “It gives us a chance to get some traction in to not just how we want to play the game but also the ways in which we want to try and grow the culture here.

    “By the end of the season, I was pretty happy with the way we played. We were pretty consistent each week, and once you have that pattern going, it’s much easier to see what we need to improve at and what we need to try and keep getting better at.

    “The NRL’s a competitive beast — there’s not a lot between the best and the rest.

    “But at the end of the day, it’s about producing 80-minutes performances and a look and feel that’s the same each week — and that’s where we want to try and get to.

    “The grind of pre-season isn’t easy, particularly for young players, but it can really set you up mentally for the year ahead but also a lot in the future as well."

    With close to 1,000 games of first-grade experience set to arrive for pre-season training in November, Cleary said that the balance of the squad was much better on paper in 2018 — combining the youthful energy of several talented youngsters with some wise heads that he believes will help bring out the best of each other throughout the year.

    “It’s no secret that we’re embarking on a bit of change at the club,” Cleary said, “and to have a lot of new guys coming in really ties in well with that.

    “It’s really a new dawn at Wests Tigers; with complete respect to the past at the club, but we are looking to change things up a bit in to a more successful era.

    “I think having a lot of new guys come in helps with that — especially with the guys that are coming as experienced type of guys looking for a change,” he said.

    “That’s refreshing for those guys and I think that’ll help out everyone here as well.

    “For what we’re trying to go in to in terms of growth, I think having a bit more balance across the squad with the young guys and experienced group will really help. I’m looking forward to getting that group together and getting a bit of chemistry.”

    Cleary also added his thoughts about the 2018 season — starting with a draw that will see his side square off against last year’s top four in succession to begin the year.

    “I actually don’t mind the draw,” Cleary enthused.

    “We’ve got the top four teams five times in the first five weeks and then Manly after that so it’s certainly a real challenge straight off the bat, and that has it’s ups and downs.

    “I think the first six weeks are pretty much the most even it is all year when teams are still trying to work themselves out, and after that you have a bit more of an idea.

    “For us, it’s going to be a great thing to look forward to; we’ve got to be ready to go from Round 1, and it’s a good chance to get some real confidence in those opening weeks.

    “It’s also a good chance to knock a few of them off to,” he added with a wry smile.
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    http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2017/11/01/cleary_it_s_a_new_da.html



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    “By the end of the season, I was pretty happy with the way we played. We were pretty consistent each week, and once you have that pattern going, it’s much easier to see what we need to improve at and what we need to try and keep getting better at.
    http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2017/11/01/cleary_it_s_a_new_da.html

    Improve at some things and get better at others! With a strategy like that we cannot lose.



  • Nothing phases him.

    Player’s respect him.

    He will add to this roster in the future.

    He will be great for this club.

    Looking forward to the future.

    Just hope as a club we let him stay in control and not do anything stupid that leads to us losing him



  • The Roosters have Politis, victory for that mob will always have a hollow feeling.
    We have Ivan Cleary and when he turns this club around over the next two seasons the satisfaction will be immense.



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    The Roosters have Politis, victory for that mob will always have a hollow feeling.
    We have Ivan Cleary and when he turns this club around over the next two seasons the satisfaction will be immense.

    Too right. If the Roosters win a comp it will be like “oh that’s nice. We the chequebook did the job”. If the Tigers win a comp it will be through bloody hard work from all involved and the fans will celebrate for years.



  • Having watched that interview with Ivan Cleary I am feeling some real optimism about the year ahead. He is ultra impressive; so thoughtful and composed and intelligent in his comments. It must surely rub off in many positive ways on the squad, from the experienced guys to the newbies. Good times ahead in Tiger Town.



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    “By the end of the season, I was pretty happy with the way we played. We were pretty consistent each week, and once you have that pattern going, it’s much easier to see what we need to improve at and what we need to try and keep getting better at.
    http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2017/11/01/cleary_it_s_a_new_da.html

    Improve at some things and get better at others! With a strategy like that we cannot lose.

    :roll



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    “By the end of the season, I was pretty happy with the way we played. We were pretty consistent each week, and once you have that pattern going, it’s much easier to see what we need to improve at and what we need to try and keep getting better at.
    http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2017/11/01/cleary_it_s_a_new_da.html

    Improve at some things and get better at others! With a strategy like that we cannot lose.

    Wonder if smarter should replace better?


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    I can sense the greatest pre-season of all time …Everyone will be bigger, faster, fitter and stronger…



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    I can sense the greatest pre-season of all time …Everyone will be bigger, faster, fitter and stronger…

    Wanda sand dunes ?
    …or Iced tea at Summer bay ?



  • Its longer now from our last semis appearance compared to inception/day dot and our first.
    Read this stuff every year… Believe it when I see it


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    The bar is being set very high for Ivan by fans desperate for sucess. I hope the squad dont let him down.



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    The Roosters have Politis, victory for that mob will always have a hollow feeling.
    We have Ivan Cleary and when he turns this club around over the next two seasons the satisfaction will be immense.

    Why? They’ll enjoy it just as much as we would. Only difference is they have solid expectations of winning a premiership. We have a long way to go to get thereAnd more hope than expectation.
    That’s not knocking anyone, just being realistic



  • I reckon for many Roosters fans… The type of person used to getting whatever they want, much like their club… A GF win would be just another win and Business as usual the next day as if nothing had happened.
    People the have never experienced earning something take most things for granted



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    “By the end of the season, I was pretty happy with the way we played. We were pretty consistent each week, and once you have that pattern going, it’s much easier to see what we need to improve at and what we need to try and keep getting better at.
    http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2017/11/01/cleary_it_s_a_new_da.html

    Improve at some things and get better at others! With a strategy like that we cannot lose.

    I did not read it quite as you did.


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