Wests Tigers roster, Luke Brooks, Jackson Hastings, Daine Laurie, Adam Doueihi, Tyrone Peachey, Tim Sheens

The Tigers will need to overhaul their roster under their next coach in order to climb up the ladder with a mixture of their talented juniors and some marquee signings.

Wests Tigers Director of Football Tim Sheens has introduced a development mandate to usher in the club’s promising new wave of youngsters, but admitted they will need to “cherry pick” some established stars to get the club competing for the top eight and premierships in the future.

The problem the Tigers have is that without a head coach confirmed for next season it is difficult to lure players to the club and Sheens has put player contract talks on hold until they find a new coach, so that he can have a say in the roster.

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However, a closer look at their roster suggests their could be more pain next year with little room to move in 2023 as just five players come off-contract this season.

Luke Garner, William Kei, Jock Madden, Tommy Talau and James Tamou are the only players coming off-contract in 2022.

Garner will switch to the Panthers next season, while Tamou is tipped to retire or move to the Super League.

Madden has been shopping himself to potential NRL rivals in a bid to chase a regular starting spot as he is down the pecking order at the Tigers, while it is unclear if the club see Kei and Talau in their future plans.

Conjecture also surrounds the future of big money half Luke Brooks, who is reportedly set to be dropped for Round 16 and there are doubts he will see out the remainder of his contract, which expires at the end of 2023.

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Luke Brooks is reportedly on the outer at the Tigers.Source: Getty Images

The club has also given Tyrone Peachey permission to talk with NRL rivals just six months into his two-year $750,000 deal, but there are doubts anyone would take him unless the Tigers chip in a fair chunk of his salary.

Moving Brooks, who is on a deal worth a reported $1.3 million next season, on would create room to move in the salary cap, but again it is dependent on the playmaker getting enough incentive in his next contract at an NRL rival to end his stay at Concord early.

Moving Peachey and Brooks on combined with the five unsigned players beyond 2022 would create some room in their roster next season, but the arrival of Api Koroisau form the Panthers and Isaiah Papali’i from the Eels would off-set that somewhat.

Daine Laurie is unsigned beyond 2023.Source: Getty Images

So too the fact Rua Ngatikaura and Fonua Pole will be upgraded to full-time contracts in 2023 and former rugby star Triston Reilly will also take up a full-time contract after signing a train and trial deal in 2022.

The Tigers are also hamstrung by the fact there is not a lot of talent coming off-contract in 2022 that would help turn the club around, especially with a development mandate in place and the fact they haven’t settled on their next head coach.

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Jackson Hastings is off-contract in 2023.Source: The Daily Telegraph

The best players still unsigned beyond 2022 by position are probably Matt Dufty (fullback), Corey Oates (wing), Taane Milne (centre), Anthony Milford (five-eighth), Albert Kelly (halfback), Martin Taupau (prop), Jake Turpin (hooker), Angus Crichton (second row) and Sauaso Sue (lock).

Fast-forward to 2023 and the Tigers have 14 players coming off-contract, which depending on who they re-sign will give the new coach the chance to mould the roster in his vision.

The Tigers’ off-contract class of 2023 includes Shawn Blore, Brooks, Adam Doueihi, Oliver Gildart, Jackson Hastings, Asu Kepaoa, Daine Laurie, Jacob Liddle, Brent Naden, Joe Ofahengaue, Peachey, Alex Seyfarth, Tukimihia Simpkins, Starford To’a.

It is arguable that only Doueihi is guaranteed to stay, while on form Danie Laurie, Jackson Hastings and Starford To’a deserve contract extensions.

However, all those off-contract players will need to fit in with the new coach’s plans for the future, so it is reasonable to suggest that no one is safe.

Tyrone Peachey is free to leave the Tigers.Source: Getty Images

The NRL off-contract class in 2023 provides the Tigers with a much better chance to make some moves that can help turn the club around.

Arguably the best players by position off-contract in 2023 are Latrell Mitchell (fullback), Selwyn Cobbo (wing), Jesse Ramien (centre), Cameron Munster (five-eighth), Ben Hunt (halfback), David Klemmer (prop), Damien Cook (hooker), David Fifita (second row) and Victor Radley (lock).

However, the best available talent coming off-contract in 2022 and 2023 still has to want to come to the Tigers, who have struggled to attract big name signings in the past and have a history of paying overs for solid first-graders.

Dylan Brown is a player the Tigers could build their future around.Source: Supplied

The Tigers desperately need one or two spine players at the top of their game to join the club in order to help entice prospective signings in the future and to assist in developing their young core of promising juniors on the field.

Koroisau fits the mould, but he can’t do it on his own. Luring someone like Eels star Dylan Brown to play five-eighth or Latrell Mitchell to play fullback would give the Tigers at least two spine players to build their side around and help attract more stars to the club.

They need a big fish, who can help win them games and attract more big names to the club, while also helping bring their junior guns along at a faster rate.

Latrell Mitchell is the type of star power the Tigers need.Source: The Daily Telegraph

Looking further down the line for the club’s mooted three year development strategy, the Tigers have just 12 players signed for 2024 in Koroisau, Papali’i, Ken Maumalo, Zane Musgrove, Ngatikaura, David Nofoaluma, Pole, Reilly, Jake Simpkin, Junior Tupou, Alex Twal and Stefano Utoikamanu.

Of those players just four remain signed for 2025 in Koroisau, Papali’i, Nofoaluma and Utoikamanu.

The next Tigers coach should have plenty of room to move over the course of his contract, with the club hoping to land Cameron Ciraldo on a five-year deal that wouldn’t expire until 2027.

However, given the state of their current roster, it may be difficult to make too many more moves in 2023 unless they can offload Brooks.

Their room to move in their roster increases significantly in 2024 and 2025.

Then it is up to the new coach, Sheens and the club’s administration to lure some big signings to the club because their promising juniors won’t bring them many wins in the short-term.

Tigers off-contract in 2022: Luke Garner, William Kei, Jock Madden, Tommy Talau, James Tamou

Tigers off-contract in 2023: Shawn Blore, Luke Brooks, Adam Doueihi, Oliver Gildart, Jackson Hastings, Asu Kepaoa, Daine Laurie, Jacob Liddle, Brent Naden, Joe Ofahengaue, Tyrone Peachey, Alex Seyfarth, Tukimihia Simpkins, Starford To’a

NRL PLAYERS OFF-CONTRACT BY POSITION 2022

FULLBACK: Matt Dufty, Steven Marsters, David Mead

WING: Kane Bradley, Christian Crichton, Moala Graham-Taufa, Dean Ieremia, George Jennings, Tui Katoa, Josh Mansour, Corey Oates, Jaxson Paulo, Junior Ratuva, Jorge Taufua, Young Tonumaipea

CENTRE: Brendan Elliot, Mawene Hiroti, Delouise Hoeter, Reece Hoffman, William Kei, Esan Marsters, Taane Milne, Tautau Moga, Brayden Musgrove, Solomone Naiduki, Kevin Naiqama, Tom Opacic, Tommy Talau, Isaiah Tass, Izaac Thompson

FIVE-EIGHTH: Daejarn Asi, Matt Frawley, Ben Hampton, Anthony Milford, Matt Moylan, Hayze Perham, Jaeman Salmon, Billy Walters

HALFBACK: Phoenix Crossland, Kurt Falls, Cooper Johns, Albert Kelly, Lachlan Lam, Jock Madden, Sean O’Sullivan, Brandon Wakeham, Sam Williams

PROP: Eddie Blacker, Morgan Boyle, Herman Ese’ese, Poasa Faamausili, Sione Fainu, Andrew Fifita, Royce Hunt, Ryan James, Rhys Kennedy, Matthew Lodge, Dunamis Lui, Josh McGuire, Jordan McLean, Franklin Pele, Emry Pere, Pasami Saulo, James Tamou, Martin Taupau, Aiden Tolman, Paul Vaughan

HOOKER: Jayden Berrell, Manase Fainu, Temple Kalepo, Freddy Lussick, Jayden Nikorima, Jake Turpin

SECOND-ROW: Billy Burns, Michael Chee-Kam, Angus Crichton, Andrew Davey, Matt Doorey, Mitchell Dunn, Tom Eisenhuth, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Jackson Ford, Luke Garner, Jack Gosiewski, Wade Graham, Chris Lewis, Jack Murchie, Briton Nikora, Keenan Palasia, Kevin Proctor, Chris Smith, Joe Stimson, Jackson Topine

LOCK: Matthew Eisenhuth, Brendan Frei, Pride Petterson-Robati, Sauaso Sue

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NRL PLAYERS OFF-CONTRACT BY POSITION 2023

FULLBACK: Corey Allan, Jesse Arthars, Jake Averillo, Scott Drinkwater, Bailey Hodgson, Albert Hopoate, William Kennedy, Daine Laurie, Moses Mbye, Nick Meaney, Lachlan Miller, Latrell Mitchell, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Xavier Savage, Blake Taaffe, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Starford To’a, Kaeo Weekes

WING: Braidon Burns, Selwyn Cobbo, Sosefo Fifita, Reuben Garrick, Matt Ikuvalu, Thomas Jenkins, Sione Katoa, Asu Kepaoa, Alofiana Khan-Pereira, Edward Kosi, Brenko Lee, Greg Marzhew, Laitia Moceidreke, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Jayden Okunbor, Jordan Pereira, Ethan Quai-Ward, Jordan Rapana, Sean Russell, Jason Saab, Maika Sivo, Charlie Staines, Murray Taulagi, Corey Thompson, Brian To’o, Enari Tuala, Daniel Tupou, Will Warbrick, Dominic Young

CENTRE: Paul Alamoti, Zane Bijorac, Waqa Blake, Jed Cartwright, Stephen Crichton, Herbie Farnworth, Oliver Gildart, Morgan Harper, Patrick Herbert, Peta Hiku, Hymel Hunt, Brian Kelly, Marcelo Montoya, Brent Naden, Tesi Niu, Brad Parker, Will Penisini, Adam Pompey, Jesse Ramien, Billy Smith, Harley Smith-Shields, Siosifa Talakai, Jenson Taumoepeau, Valynce Te Whare

FIVE-EIGHTH: Dylan Brown, Adam Doueihi, Tyson Gamble, Drew Hutchison, Adam Keighran, Kurt Mann, Cameron Munster, Will Smith, Paul Turner, Cody Walker

HALFBACK: Jakob Arthur, Bailey Biondi-Odo, Luke Brooks, Jake Clifford, Adam Clune, Kyle Flanagan, Jackson Hastings, Ben Hunt, Lachlan Ilias, Shaun Johnson, Jonah Pezet, Brad Schneider, Braydon Trindall, Sam Walker, Tyran Wishart

PROP: Bunty Afoa, Josh Aloiai, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Renouf Atoni, George Burgess, Thomas Burgess, JJ Collins, Thomas Flegler, Jordan Grant, Wiremu Greig, Emre Guler, David Hollis, Corey Jensen, Tui Kamikamica, Josh Kerr, Josh King, David Klemmer, Liam Knight, Blake Lawrie, Spencer Leniu, Tepai Moeroa, Griffin Neame, Joe Ofahengaue, Chris Patolo, Aaron Pene, Ava Seumanufagai, Tukimihia Simpkins, Toafofoa Sipley, Joseph Tapine, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, Leo Thompson, Luke Thompson, Alec Tuitavake, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Aaron Woods

HOOKER: Erin Clark, Damien Cook, Joshua Cook, Lachlan Croker, Jake Granville, Siliva Havili, Kobe Hetherington, Jacob Liddle, Soni Luke, Andrew McCullough, Kodi Nikorima, Cory Paix, Chris Randall, Mitch Rein, Reece Robson

SECOND-ROW: Fletcher Baker, Shawn Blore, Ethan Bullemor, Egan Butcher, Bryce Cartwright, Ben Condon, David Fifita, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Tyson Frizell, Tyrell Fuimaono, Jacob Host, Josh Jackson, Jack Johns, Brodie Jones, Shaun Lane, Trent Loiero, Liam Martin, Sam McIntyre, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Jeremiah Nanai, Riley Price, Harry Rushton, Alex Seyfarth, Tariq Sims, Bayley Sironen, Scott Sorensen, Ben Trbojevic, Joseph Vuna, Corey Waddell, Teig Wilton

LOCK: Nathan Brown, Tyrone Peachey, Victor Radley, Hame Sele, Jazz Tevaga, Connor Watson

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TIGERS SQUAD

2022 squad: Shawn Blore (2023), Luke Brooks (2023), Adam Doueihi (2023), Luke Garner (2022), Oliver Gildart (2023), Jackson Hastings (2023), William Kei (2022), Asu Kepaoa (2023), Daine Laurie (2023), Jacob Liddle (2023), Jock Madden (2022), Ken Maumalo (2023, MO 2024), Zane Musgrove (2024), Rua Ngatikaura (2024), Brent Naden (2023), David Nofoaluma (2025), Joe Ofahengaue (2022 MO 23), Tyrone Peachey (2023), Fonua Pole (2024), Triston Reilly (2024), Alex Seyfarth (2023), Jake Simpkin (2024), Tuki Simpkins (2023), Tommy Talau (2022), James Tamou (2022), Starford To’a (2023), Kelma Tuilagi (2022), Junior Tupou (2024), Alex Twal (2024), Stefano Utoikamanu (2024 MO 2025)

Development players: Henry O’Kane (2022), Apisalome Saukuru (2023), Brandon Tumeth (2022)

2022 gains: Triston Reilly (rugby union), Brent Naden (Bulldogs), Starford To’a (Knights), Jackson Hastings (Wigan), Oliver Gildart (Wigan), Tyrone Peachey (Titans), Junior Tupou (rugby union)

2022 losses: Luciano Leilua (Cowboys),Thomas Mikaele (Super League), Moses Mbye (Dragons), Billy Walters (Broncos), Michael Chee Kam (Rabbitohs), Russell Packer (retired), Zac Cini (Sharks/Newtown Jets), Joey Leilua, Tom Amone, James Roberts (all unsigned)

2023 gains: Apisai Koroisau (from Panthers until 2025, MO 2025), Isaiah Papali’i (from Eels until 2025)

2023 losses: Luke Garner (Panthers)

Coach: Brett Kimmorley (Interim)

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