Ivan Cleary will aim to bring back the Wests Tigers’ attacking flair of old mixed with a new-found determination as he stamps his authority on the NRL club.
Cleary is halfway through his first pre-season at the Tigers, after joining the club last April and bringing with him several new faces through the pre-season.
The Tigers scored the second least points in the NRL last year, a far cry from when they were one of the competition’s most exciting teams through their positive style and play.
However that is set to change in 2018.
“We want to be a side that takes our opportunities,” veteran Chris Lawrence said.
"We want to be a side that if we see space out wide we can shift the ball and throw it around where need be.
"It’s been really good having a couple of different halves playing different styles.
“It’s really good for those guys. It gives them good experience in playing both sides of the part and being able to shift the footy when we can.”
Lawrence led a junior clinic in Campbelltown on Thursday, and the local junior is considered the front-runner to be named the team’s skipper ahead of their first-round clash with the Sydney Roosters on March 10.
Clearly is holding off on a final decision given the number of new senior players at the club this season, including Russell Packer, Josh Reynolds, Ben Matulino and Benji Marshall.
The quartet are among up to seven players who could be fresh into the side for round one, which Lawrence said had created the most driven environment in his 13 years at the Tigers.
“I think it’s a more determined club,” he said.
“We’ve got so many players coming from other squads and some have probably not left on great terms so a lot have a point to prove.”
Lawrence said the club was also relishing a drama-free off-season, following last year’s contract issues surrounding the likes of Aaron Woods, James Tedesco and Mitchell Moses.
The Tigers have the least amount of players off contract of all clubs in 2018, with the majority of their first grade team locked up.
“We don’t have cameras following us from the car park to training, so that’s a plus,” Lawrence said.
"In pre-season it’s a good sign when you don’t have media following you every day.
“It makes a difference when you have an environment at training when you can just focus on football. That’s massive.”