Wests Tigers have now officially confirmed what the entire world knows: Tim Sheens will take over as the club’s head coach in 2023 with his former premiership-winning playmakers Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah by his side.
Sheens will take charge for the 2023 and 2024 seasons as head coach, with Marshall and Farah as his assistants.
Wests Tigers have also confirmed that Marshall will then assume the role as head coach for a further three seasons (2025-27).
There were suggestions Marshall would be offered a five year deal in the top job, but this has turned out not to be the case.
Robbie Farah will also continue his involvement over the next two seasons. He will be an assistant coach to Sheens in 2023 and 2024.
This coaching succession plan will bring together more than 1300 games of NRL experience shared between three club icons, who combined to win Wests Tigers’ maiden premiership in 2005.
Club chief executive officer Justin Pascoe says this is a perfect way to drive the club forward,
“This is about having Wests Tigers DNA surging through the club, and it’s about putting together a rock-solid coaching plan for the next five years,’’ he said.
“This is a very clear path forward for this club and we are delighted to have Tim, Benji and Robbie reunited for the next phase of our club’s growth.
“Benji and Robbie are two of the most talented players this club has seen, and Tim’s coaching record speaks for itself.”
“These three have achieved just about everything there is to achieve in the game and this partnership I know will be really, really powerful for our club.
“It also demonstrates that we are putting pathways in place not just for our players, but for our coaches as well.
“It’s a great day for our club.”