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Joseph Leilua joins Wests Tigers
Wests Tigers are delighted to confirm the acquisition of Samoan international Joseph Leilua, who has agreed to terms for the coming three seasons.
The three-year deal will see the talented outside back join Wests Tigers effective immediately from the start of the 2020 season through to at least the end of the 2022 season.
Born in Sydney, the 28-year-old Leilua made his first-grade debut for the Sydney Roosters back in 2010 — quickly establishing himself as a regular in the side and earning himself a spot in the 2010 Grand Final side.
His attacking potency would see him soon catch the eye of representative coaches with selection in the 2010 New Zealand train-on squad and 2012 Emerging Blues, before eventually making his representative debut for City Origin.
After 59 games for the Roosters, the Hurstville United junior would join Newcastle in 2013 — going on to score 30 tries in 54 games for the Knights while also making his international debut for Samoa at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
Leilua would take his form to the next level in 2015 following a mid-year switch to the Canberra Raiders as he twice earned selection in the Dally M Team of the Year and helped the Raiders to their first Grand Final appearance in 25 years.
The 28-year-old will join Wests Tigers with an impressive try-scoring rate of 89 tries in 204 games and will add plenty of strike power to the club’s outside backs.
Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe welcomed Leilua to the club.
“As a club, we’re delighted to have secured a talented player such as Joseph,” Pascoe said. “He is a player who is of the highest calibre and has already proven to be a remarkable contributor on and off the field to his club, state and country.
“I have no doubt that all Wests Tigers Members and fans will be tremendously excited by the addition of Joseph to the team Michael Maguire has built.
“This commitment from Joseph is a fantastic indication of the belief in the direction this club is heading in and the strength of Wests Tigers as an organisation overall.
“We’re excited to be able to welcome Joseph alongside his brother Luciano and we look forward to him continuing to grow in the years to come.”
Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire was delighted with the addition of Leilua.
“I’m extremely pleased to welcome Joseph to Wests Tigers and start working with him,” Maguire said. “He is without doubt one of the most dangerous attacking players in the competition and will take this team’s potency to a new level going forward.
“To secure a player of his class and talent for the season ahead is a huge boost for the club and one that will lift this team right across the park.
“I’m extremely confident that the best is also still to come for Joseph,” he added. “He brings a wealth of on-field experience to our team, and we’re extremely excited to watch him play in Wests Tigers colours for many years to come.”
RE: Tiger troubles with player safety
Written by Weedler… Not one quote from a concerned player, not one fact presented. Just a bunch of words and hearsay. The closest he came was to reference a hotline the club set up that has received one message in the past 12 months since its inception. I would agree that there is a culture problem though. That is that there are too many in and around the playing group that are soft between the ears. Look where that has gotten us.
Reads like it’s a jab or two from Matterson camp. Given the press last week as pro tiger stance on his situation. I could be wrong though.
Named at centre for PM’s XIII to take on Fiji on Friday October 11
Wests Tigers re-sign Luke Garner
Wests Tigers are pleased to announce that Luke Garner has signed a contract extension with the club — keeping him at Wests Tigers until the end of the 2022 NRL season.
A strong performer throughout the 2019 season, Garner’s two-year deal will see him continue his development under Coach Michael Maguire following an impressive start to his NRL career.
Originally joining the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side in 2017, the 24-year-old was made captain of the side in 2018 before earning promotion to the NRL squad before the June 30 deadline.
He would make his first-grade debut soon after against the St. George-Illawarra Dragons in Round 18 before establishing himself as a regular in the side soon after.
The Bilambil Jets junior has played 20 games in total for the club, having scored seven tries in his 14 games played for Wests Tigers during 2019.
Wests Tigers forward Luke Garner celebrates a try against the Sea Eagles
Wests Tigers forward Luke Garner celebrates a try against the Sea Eagles
Garner said he was extremely happy to remain with Wests Tigers.
“It’s very exciting for me to stay here,” Garner said.
“This is the club where I made my first-grade debut and where I’ve played for the last few years so I’m very excited to stay.
“We’re building something very nice here and it’s very exciting to see the development in our team. I’m focussed on working hard and pushing my teammates and seeing where we can go in the next few years.”
RE: Signing Suggestions & Rumours
Madge talking about recruitment approach
“We need to be clear about not making the same mistakes this club’s made in the past,” Maguire said.
“We’re in the process of making major changes but we need to be smart about how we make those changes.
“The position our salary cap is in at the moment, we need to get players’ values spot on.
“We want to give players the best opportunity to build something here at Wests Tigers that hasn’t been here at the club for some time.
“We’ve got a great young squad, now we just need to be patient about making the right decisions around who we bring into the club next.
“We won’t be just spending money for the sake of spending it.
“I’d rather take my time and focus on building the club from the ground up. We’ll be diligent about making the right decisions.”
RE: Connection/attachment to the club
Born and raised in Balmain. Tigers are in my blood. Remember running up after my own game at Blackmore Oval in Leichhardt as a young kid to watch the tigers play.
Then came the merger. Didn’t bother me when it happened. Was there for our first game at Campelltown.
If we were relocated it would definitely hurt but I’d still be watching and supporting. Love the game and love the Wests Tigers.
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RE: Soccer talk and Banter , keep it all here
Really bad night so far …miracle needed
Even the WT’s could beat Newcastle
RE: Jake Simpkin
Better than Liddle. He’s the future.
I have said that since the season started, we need to extend his contract before other clubs come knocking, and they will
Good hookers are at a premium. Either liddle or Jake will get snatched up and we need to keep Simpkin or best case scenario both
Agree. Hopefully we get something done before other teams can “officially” start talking to Jake.
I think he’s done his knee , unfortunately.
Is that the one that was strapped?
I dunno mate . Madge said he’s getting scans tomorrow . It’s at least an MCL i reckon .
That sucks. Probably means Joey is back in the team.
RE: Live Game Thread *Spoilers*
The better team lost.
Who created the hole for Burgess to stroll through? Was it Tamou again???
Tamou was horrible. Just crap
Worst purchase ever
Needs dropping from a height
Worst on field