In this second part of our investigation into the Wests Tigers, we focus on the erosion of trust between coach, club and players that is restricting the joint-venture’s ability to capitalise on its off-field resurgence.
With $1.6 million to spend in the salary cap and four roster spots remaining in 2022, the window is open for the Tigers to start again. Will it be Michael Maguire? Or will the findings of the club’s ongoing internal review see them move in a different direction?
Part 1: A crisis of identity – the real tales from Tiger town
The day after Anthony Griffin was sacked by the Penrith Panthers, in August 2018, Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary fronted Wests Tigers directors in the boardroom at Wests Ashfield Leagues Club with cap in hand.
He proceeded to ask the club for its blessing to pursue an opportunity to coach his son…