By Wayne Cousins
14/09/2011 7:13:36 PM

When Peter Gentle walks through the exit doors for the final time at Concord Oval late next month, he will be leaving as a truly ‘blessed’ man.

Gentle leaves Wests Tigers to take up the head coaching role at Hull FC for the next 3 years in the English Super League.

The popular Wests Tigers Assistant Coach feels he has been blessed in serving his apprenticeship with two experienced campaigners in Tim Sheens and Royce Simmons in his 6 year stint at Concord.

Prior to that, Gentle was the premiership winning Western Suburbs SG Ball Coach in 2002 (a side that included a young Bryce Gibbs and Liam Fulton) before joining Cronulla as an assistant NRL Coach.

Gentle then joined Wests Tigers and was the coach of the inaugural 2008 U20s team – overseeing the raw talent of Tim Moltzen, Rob Lui, Blake Ayshford, Simon Dwyer and Aaron Woods - in conjunction with his role as Assistant NRL Coach.

“It has been an absolute pleasure putting the hours in, working with the young players and seeing them mature over the years from the U20s through to established first graders,’’ Gentle said.

“I will still be watching Wests Tigers from afar and will always be proud of them. I would like to thank Tim, Stephen Humphreys, Warren McDonnell, the Wests Tigers staff and the board of directors for providing me with the opportunity to coach in the NRL."

Gentle said Sheens had been an excellent mentor and always encouraged him to be the best he could.

“Working under Tim, you learn something new every day. He is forever challenging you and by the same token you have to challenge him,’’ Gentle said.

“He has given me plenty of confidence in my ability as a coach. He has encouraged me to get a head coaching role and has been telling me for the past 18 months I was ready.

“What makes Tim stand out is his attention to detail and his preparation. He is forever re-inventing himself. Every pre-season, he comes back with new ideas and we look at potentially different play options. The whiteboard here is covered in plays that we scribble down between us.

“Tim is just rugby league through and through and understands the game better than anyone could imagine. He sees things that the average coach doesn’t see.”

To show how serious he is in making a strong impact at Hull, Gentle has stood down from his position as Australian Assistant Coach under Sheens for the upcoming Four Nations tournament.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for my family. We are going over there with an open mind and three years may turn into longer,’’ Gentle said.

“I am excited at the opportunity to establish myself as a Head Coach with Hull FC and with a strong playing roster, I am confident we will be very competitive during my tenure.”

Wests Tigers Chief Executive Stephen Humphreys acknowledged the contributions of Gentle.

“I’d like to thank Peter for all of his hard work and dedication. He has played a key role in developing some of our younger talent as well as being a tremendous support to our Head Coach Tim Sheens,’’ Humphreys said.

"We wish him well with this new opportunity and hope that we can send him out with a 2011 NRL Premiership to his name.”

Good on you Peter Gentle for working your way up through the coaching ranks and for the time and effort you put into our juniors and then seniors it must have been very rewarding given the results achieved both in competition and individual players, not to mention your own development. All the very best to you and your family at Hull hope it works out the way you have planned. It is good to see the quiet achievers get ahead. :slight_smile:

Peter was also Wests Magpies State Cup coach prior to going to the Sharkies.

I think he’ll be our next coach after Sheens

@Captain Awesome:

I think he’ll be our next coach after Sheens

I hope so.

it will be tough gig to take over after we have won 5 consecutive premierships.

I know have a team to follow in the ESL. Well done PG.

@Captain Awesome:

I think he’ll be our next coach after Sheens

If he continues to succeed I think that would be a good fit.

Pete was also Jersey Flegg coach 03

Good luck Peter and thanks for the contribution.

So I guess this pretty much locks in Georgallis? - I hope so it will be nice to bring him home.

If we’re losing Folkes and Gentle, should we expect another coach to come in besides Georgallis?

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