- Tigers agree to strange changes for 2024
- Players do not have to carry their bags
- New rules are sure to baffle long-suffering fans
The Wests Tigers have reportedly made some bizarre changes to the way they operate in 2024, including drinking beer in the sheds after matches and telling players they don’t have to carry their own bags.
The struggling club has become the NRL’s running joke, failing to reach a finals series in twelve years and losing a slew of elite players, including James Tedesco and Josh Addo-Carr, to other clubs, on top of earning back-to-back wooden players. spoons over the past two seasons.
According to a Nine According to Wednesday’s report, Tigers officials held a meeting last week with the goal of “doing better” next season.
The main outcomes of the meeting will have long-suffering fans scratching their heads.
One decision means equipment stewards will travel to away games half a day earlier, another sees players relive the burden of carrying their bags on trips to away games.
Tigers players (pictured after a loss to the Cowboys this year) will reportedly not have to bring their own bags on away trips in 2024
Tigers stars can also have a beer in the sheds after the game next season (photo, 2024 head coach Benji Marshall)
Those present at the meeting also decided that players can have a beer in the sheds after the matches, according to the publication.
Wests are also currently looking for a new head of football, with speculation that former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is being targeted for the role.
Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis spoke highly of Cheika, who is currently at the Rugby Union World Cup in France while coaching Argentina.
“I was told that Cheika has a very good character and people speak very highly of him,” Hagipantelis told SEN Radio.
‘Regarding the role of Head of Football at the Wests Tigers, all applicants and candidates will be assessed on a strictly personal and confidential basis.’
There are also reports that the club could re-hire former general manager Mark O’Neill, seven years after he left Leichhardt.
Earlier this month, outgoing Tigers coach Tim Sheens turned down the club’s end-of-season presentation evening where his career was due to be celebrated.
The struggling side have failed to reach the finals for more than a decade and have just won another wooden spoon
Outgoing coach Tim Sheens snubbed the club’s end-of-season presentation evening where his career was due to be celebrated
Sheens – who famously delivered the joint venture an NRL premiership in 2005 – was told in August his services were not needed next year.
Benji Marshall was dropped into the top job 12 months early, and Sheens was clearly unhappy with the way he was personally treated by club officials.
He brushed off the presentation evening at the William Inglis Hotel at Warwick Farm, after a Test season in which the Tigers ‘won’ another wooden spoon after winning just four games.
Sheen’s next move in rugby league circles remains up in the air.
It is understood he was keen to return to a head football role at the Tigers, but the struggling club was heading in a different direction.