Roosters recruiter Adam Hartigan and veteran talent spotter Warren McDonnell have been tasked with overseeing the roster overhaul at Wests Tigers.
Hartigan has replaced the outgoing Kelly Egan as the Tigers’ new head of football, while McDonnell returns after a stint at Canterbury.
The Wests Tigers take on the Sydney Roosters in Round 16 of the NRL.
The pair will help Michael Maguire reshape his playing list after the premiership-winning coach took over from Ivan Cleary during the preseason.
Maguire has done a commendable job to keep the joint-venture outfit in finals contention despite overseeing a side many thought would struggle in 2019.
One of the top priorities for Hartigan and McDonnell will be to help make calls on the playing futures of Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah.
Marshall will make his 300th NRL appearance against Parramatta on Sunday and is showing no signs of slowing down in his mid 30s. Likewise, Farah is also continuing to contribute strongly to the joint-venture outfit.
Marshall, recently picked by Maguire to return to the New Zealand Test team after a seven-year hiatus, is expected to play on in 2020.
The playing future of Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall is one of the big issues at Concord.
The Tigers have already begun succession planning for when Farah finishes. They recently signed teenaged Broncos hooker Jake Simpkin, considered one of the best young dummy-halves in the country and earmarked as the long-term replacement for Farah, on a three-year deal. Simpkin was a standout in Queensland’s under 18s State of Origin victory last month.
The club is also in deep in negotiations to retain Jacob Liddle and is confident a deal will soon be struck, most likely for a further two years.
Hartigan, who has juggled recruitment with coaching the Roosters’ women’s team at Bondi Junction, will oversee the list overhaul at Concord. High-priced Tigers Josh Reynolds, Russell Packer, Ben Matulino, Elijah Taylor and Chris McQueen are all deemed surplus to requirements, although the Tigers are struggling to move them on. The new-look hierarchy will try to find a way to get them off the books in order to free up the salary cap space required to let Maguire put his stamp on the team.
The Tigers host Parramatta at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday.