The Tigers have continued their strong emphasis on getting the right balance between youth and experience, as they re-sign Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses – both for four years – Joel Luani for a further two years and they welcome back a former player of theirs in Dene Halatau, who has signed on for two years.
With Brooks and Moses highly rated by fans and those within the club, it is a move that will have Tigers fans cheering and patiently waiting to see just how long it is before they play first-grade.
Brooks and Moses are just two of the talented young players coming through the Tigers ranks, with coach Mick Potter well aware of their abilities and potential for the future.
â€œBoth boys have plenty of potential and are talented kids in their own right,” Potter said.
â€œThey have shown right throughout schoolboy footy and the NYC that they can cut it easily. I have no doubt that we will see the best of them in the next couple of years.â€
With both coming through the junior ranks at Balmain, both have honours to their name already – with Moses named the SG Ball Player of the Year in 2012 and Brooks representing the NSW U20’s side earlier this year.
Both were also named in the Australian Schoolboys side last year, with Brooks excited to stay at the club, a decision that he says was easy to make.
â€œI have played all of my junior footy at the Tigers so it was a pretty easy decision to make,” Brooks said.
â€œWests Tigers have looked after me well. The first grade players have helped me so much already on and off the field. I have so much still to learn. Iâ€™m excited about what lays ahead.â€
The decision was just as easy for Moses, who is also looking forward to his Viagra Online time at the club now that his future is sorted.
â€œThe Club has looked after me really well over the past three years so I didnâ€™t want to go anywhere else” Moses said.
â€œMick Potter and the first grade players have made me feel really welcome and have helped me out so much with my game. This is just the beginning for me.â€
Not to be overshadowed by the re-signing of their junior halves, the Tigers have also re-signed a former player in Dene Halatau, who spent seven seasons with the club before moving to the Bulldogs.
Regarded as a great player and person on and off the field and a part of the NRL’s Apprentice Mentor Program, he is a player that Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer looks forward to seeing at the club once more.
â€œHis experience and leadership as a senior player is going to be invaluable for some of our younger players,” Mayer said.
â€œWe have been very clear that we are investing very heavily in our juniors and a player like Dene will provide leadership and mentoring for the group. This is a strong signing for the club as he adds depth to our club both on and off the field. Dene has a fantastic reputation in the game as a true leader.â€
Another player re-signed and with plenty of potential is young gun Joel Luani, who has been playing hooker for the NSW Cup side recently – as he too received a glowing endorsement from Mick Potter.
â€œJoel has been playing a back-up role at hooker and in the back-row for the Wests Tigers NSW Cup team,” Potter said.
â€œHe is still very young but he has got a good shape about him and has a very bright future. He will be a good back up for Robbie Farah when he is unavailable.â€