A man who ticked three important boxes like a dark horse in the race for a coaching job for the West Tigers after the sacking of Michael Maguire.
While general suspects like Penrith’s assistant Cameron Siraldo, St. Helens coach Christian Wolf and outgoing coaches Shane Flanagan and Paul Green have been mentioned, support for Cronula’s former mentor John Morris is growing.
Morris has shown that he can lead the team to the final – which no Tiger coach has managed in more than a decade – he is close to the club’s football chief Tim Shin and is a former Tiger player.
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Morris is currently working as an assistant to Jason Demetrius in South Sydney.
A source close to the Tigers told Wide World of Sports that “he is a man who is well-respected at the club and will definitely be considered.”
Siraldo appears to be the Tigers’ first choice – but he is less likely to leave his job as Evan Cleary’s right-hand man in Penrith for the struggling Tigers.
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It was a difficult decision for Burgess to face
People close to Sam Burgess tell me he’s leaning towards the Dolphins because he made the biggest decision of his life after the game.
Both Rabbit and Dolphin are keen to have Burgess in their coaching team and both have plenty of offers.
Complicating matters is that Burgess is a great partner with both Southern owner Russell Crowe and Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett.
But as Bennett’s coaching days come to an end, Burgess has a long way to go before he can finally head the coaching gig in a matter of years – and in the meanwhile learn to master.
The Titans have shaken the coaching ranks
The Titans have parted ways with their female coach, former Bulldog Jamie Finney.
He was replaced by Carlyle Murphy, a legend of Zilarus and a former member of the NRL Integrity Unit.
Finney enjoyed his time in the role but the Titans turned it into a full-time job and it made him a tough decision.
“I’ve already had a good gig up at Marsden Sports High School so I’m reluctant to leave the club,” Finney told Wide World of Sports.
Flying Fijian ready to return
After a stellar performance for the Iles in the NSW Cup against the Mountains on Friday night, Mika Sivo has proved that he is ready to return to the big leagues.
Cult hero Fijian, returning from a knee reconstruction, was dynamic in just the third game of the year.
Sivo made three tries, 19 runs off 253 runs and four line breaks and nine tackle busts.
The eagles have missed the flying Fijian so much and will welcome him to the finals.
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