Year in Review 2017: Wests Tigers

The Wests Tigers had an interesting year to say the least. At seasons start they showed a lot of promise with such a young emerging side, but when the club got rid of coach Jason Taylor and put deadlines on re-signing youngsters in James Tedesco, Mitchell Moses, Luke Brooks and Captain Aaron Woods things quickly went arise.

Brooks was quick to re-sign however Mitchell Moses took the opportunity to look elsewhere and signed with the Parramatta Eels for what was supposed to be the 2018 season. However after a breakdown with the club and new coach Ivan Cleary Mitchell looked to leave the club early. After being told that he would be released to join the Eels what happened next was unexpected. The Tigers suffered an injury to recently re-signed Halfback Luke Brooks. Ivan approached Mitchell and reportedly told him that they had to delay the release as they had no one to replace him with once he had left due to Brooks' injury.

Now this is where things turn into a "he said, she said" discussion and depending on who you ask is the story that you will be told. Many people believe that Mitchell was not impressed with being told that he had to delay his release before leaving the club and that he started (and I say this loosely as even I do not know the full extent of the circumstance) "Throwing Games" to show he was displeased. Who knows if this is true or not and we may never know, the only person who could answer this question is the man himself.

Now, James Tedesco after being in contract negotiations with the Tigers had another offer that looked appeasing to him. This was the Sydney Roosters. The Roosters came in big which in the end their offer looked more promising to James than what the Tigers could match and decided that he would leave and try new things for 2018 and beyond.

Among all this discussion the club captain himself decided that he would also leave the joint-venture and seek other options outside of the Tigers and he signed with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. This came as a shock to most of the fans as they believed that Aaron could have been a Tiger for life and lead this club into the future.

But in all this distraction not everything was bad. The Tigers went on a spending spree and have brought in practically a brand new team for 2018. They have signed players like;

Josh Reynolds (Bulldogs)
Mahe Fonua (Hull FC)
Benji Marshall (Broncos)
Ben Matulino (Warriors)
Chris McQueen (Titans)
Russell Packer (Dragons)

And many more.

Things are looking up for the Tigers, they have a brand new squad and depending on how fast it takes for all of them to gel and click together as a unit they could cause some damage next season and years to come.

My prediction? I see the new combos taking a bit of time to come together, realistically for the 2018 season I see them finishing around 8th-10th but could look to push even higher up in 2019.



  1. I think it's a fair "year in review". The 34 year Tigers fan in me wants finals more than anything but the realist foresees that may be 2019. A lot of strong teams next year.

    I think Cleary is the real X factor. He has assembled a team with loads of depth and has a full pre season with them. Additions of Brett Hodgson and Ronnie Palmer will be great as well.


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