Api Koroisau would be the man to guide the Wests Tigers simply months after he took a swipe on the membership whereas celebrating the 2022 premiership at a Panthers fan day.
The three-time premiership winner got here underneath fireplace when he intimated that final 12 months’s title can be his final as he ready to hitch a aspect that had simply claimed the picket spoon.
“Simply to exit on a excessive like that, it’s fairly unimaginable, and I’ll in all probability do the identical factor on the Tigers,” he stated on the time earlier than laughing.
However it seems that time heals all wounds, with the Tigers saying their new recruit because the membership’s skipper as they appear to atone for final 12 months’s disastrous marketing campaign.
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New coach Tim Sheens has deserted the five-man management group that didn’t work in 2022, with Koroisau set to be handed the captaincy.
“To be requested to guide this staff in my first 12 months on the membership means lots,” he stated.
“This can be a terrific group of gamers, and I’m honoured to be their captain. From the second I joined this membership, my household and I’ve been made to really feel so welcome.
“It’s been an amazing begin to my time as a Wests Tigers participant and I look ahead to serving to this staff and this membership be the perfect it may be.”
Selecting Koroisau could seem to be a left-field alternative, nevertheless it does make lots of sense given his huge expertise at membership and consultant stage the place he has performed underneath some terrific leaders.
He additionally brings a profitable tradition that the Tigers desperately want, and it’ll enable halves Luke Brooks and Adam Doueihi to give attention to their jobs with out having to fret concerning the captaincy.
“We’ve a number of very succesful leaders on this staff, and Api is considered one of them,” Sheens stated.
“He’s very nicely revered inside the group, and I do know he’ll do an amazing job.
“I congratulate him on incomes the function.”