Best posts made by WT2K
RE: Jake Simpkin re-signs until 2024..
George Clarke, Fox Sports:
They are often criticised for bad roster decisions, but the Wests Tigers’ move to lock down the hooker Jake Simpkin might be one of the shrewdest they have made in a long time.
The rake, 19, is contracted to the Tigers for next season and rather than allowing him to field offers from rival clubs, they have moved to extend his contract by a further two years.
The deal is set to be finalised in the next 24 hours.
It means Simpkin will be at the Tigers until 2024.
More importantly for the Tigers, who have been hammered from pillar to post for their inability to keep their best young talent off the market, it means Simpkin won’t be able to speak to rival clubs from November 1.
The Queensland-born hooker made his NRL debut in the golden-point loss to South Sydney and looked assured.
After starring in the NSW Cup with a then competition high six tries after five rounds, the Queenslander followed up with an astonishing 51 tackles against the Bunnies.
“He’s had a very steady start to his NRL career and he’s been very impressive,” Fox League’s Corey Parker said during his debut game.
“On his debut game (Michael) Maguire will be extremely happy with what he’s offered. He’s been exceptional, they look a completely different team in the middle third"
Good news. Also nice to see them change it up from 48hrs to 24hrs.
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
Latest posts made by WT2K
RE: Jersey Flegg Team List: Round 8
Highlights: 3:30-5:50. Nice pass by Dillion for one of the tries.
Yeah I’ve seen his pace before but that pass was top drawer. We’ve got to make sure he’s under wraps.
Training with firsts yesterday
RE: Wests Tigers Team v Gold Coast
I think our team will improve coming into winter away from day games with the rules. We struggle against athletic teams. Wet weather or night games will benefit us.
Ash Taylor is out of this weeks match against the tigers
Is that good?
Good for the titans