Wests Tigers make BIZARRE changes after wooden spoon disaster – including telling players they no longer have to carry their bags
- Tigers agree to odd changes for 2024
- Players won’t have to carry their bags
- New rules sure to mystify long-suffering fans
The Wests Tigers have reportedly made some bizarre changes to how they operate in 2024, which include having beer in the sheds after games and telling players they don’t have to carry their own bags.
The struggling club have become the running joke of the NRL, failing to make a finals series in 12 years, and losing a swag of elite players including James Tedesco and Josh Addo-Carr to other clubs on top of earning back-to-back wooden spoons in the last two seasons.
According to a Nine report on Wednesday, Tigers officials held a meeting last week with the aim of ‘doing things better’ next season.
The main outcomes from the meeting will leave long-suffering fans scratching their heads.
One decision means the gear steward will travel to away footy games half a day early, another relives players of 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 carry their own bags on away trips in 2024
Tigers stars will also be able to have a beer after the game in the sheds next season (pictured, 2024 head coach Benji Marshall)
The attendees at the meeting also decided players will be able to have beers after games in the sheds, according to the publication.
Wests are also currently looking for a new head of football, with some speculation that former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is being targeted for the role.
Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis spoke glowingly of Cheika, who is currently at the Rugby Union World Cup in France as he coaches Argentina.
‘I am told that Cheika is of very good character and people speak very highly of him,’ Hagipantelis told SEN Radio.
‘As to the Wests Tigers head of football role, all the applicants and candidates are being considered on a strictly private and confidential basis.’
There have also been reports that the club could re-hire former general manager Mark O’Neill, seven years after he left Leichhardt.
Earlier this month, departing Tigers coach Tim Sheens snubbed the club’s end of season presentation night where his career was going to be celebrated.
The struggling side have failed to make the finals for over a decade and have just won another wooden spoon
Departing coach Tim Sheens snubbed the club’s end of season presentation night where his career was going to be celebrated
Sheens – who famously landed the joint venture an NRL premiership in 2005 – was informed in August his services were not required next year.
Benji Marshall was parachuted into the top job 12 months early, and clearly Sheens wasn’t happy with how he was personally treated by club officials.
He brushed the presentation night at the William Inglis Hotel at Warwick Farm, following a testing season where the Tigers ‘won’ another wooden spoon after only winning four games.
Sheens next move in rugby league circles remains up in the air.
It is understood he was keen to return to a head of football role at the Tigers, only for the struggling club to move in another direction.