A name synonymous with the Wests Tigers and the Balmain Tigers, many will be wondering the reasons behind Curtis Sironen’s departure from the Tigers and subsequent move to the Manly Sea Eagles.
Since making his NRL debut in 2012, Sironen played in 65 NRL games for the club – his father Paul Sironen is a Balmain Tigers great – as well as three City Origin games.
A local Dundas Shamrocks junior, Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe wished Sironen all the best in what lies ahead for him.
“On behalf of everyone at the Wests Tigers, I would like to wish Curtis all the best in the next chapter of his career,” Pascoe said.
“Curtis has been with the Club for a number of years both through the juniors and in first grade.
“We wish him well in his future endeavours and appreciate his efforts while representing the Club,” he said.”
Also thanking and praising Sironen was Wests Tigers head coach, Jason Taylor.
“Curtis has shown commitment on and off the field during his time at Wests Tigers,” Taylor said.
“I wish him all the best in the future and would like to thank him for his efforts during his 65-game career with Wests Tigers.”
For Sironen himself, it was about the opportunity to play regularly. Manly provided that opportunity for him and he took it.
“I want to be playing first grade. When I spoke to Trent for the first time, he won me over straight away with his enthusiasm,” Sironen said.
“This is a good fresh start for me. There is a great core of young players here at Manly, a number of internationals, as well as an experienced mix of forwards led by Nate Myles, Martin Taupau, and Brenton Lawrence.”
Eager to get stuck in, Sironen wants to prove that he can be a quality player in the NRL.
“I want to show what I can do,” Sironen added.
“I want to reach my potential and I’m sure I can do that here at Manly.”
Manly coach Trent Barrett is pleased that the club has signed such a versatile player.
“He is an experienced player, Curtis. He is a big edge back-rower with plenty of ability,” Barrett said.
“Curtis can play through the line, before the line, and he has got a kicking game. He is what we were looking for and we were really fortunate that this opportunity to secure him came about late.”