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The West Tigers have made an exciting announcement this week, launching a new pathways program designed to progress their ageing roster to the Super League faster than ever before.
Often considered the pride of Balmain, and sometimes Campbelltown, the West Tigers have launched “Campbelltown to Castleford”, a new joint venture with the UK’s Castleford Tigers.
After numerous seasons concreted to the bottom of the ladder and churning through a record six head coaches in the past decade, the Club’s glimmeringly successful management board have said it’s an exciting new chapter for the club.
Speaking to a small NRL media pack, who weren’t busy covering Origin stores, club CEO Justin Pascoe said the deal to ship players directly to England via a stop-over in Dubai made sense for the future of the club’s success.
“We’ve been looking at our current roster and we realised no one ever seems to last more than two years here before signing to Leeds Rhinos or heading to France to play Park Rugby”
“We thought why not cut out the media speculation and set up a pathway directly to Heathrow, so players can link up with Castleford as soon as they start missing more than 30 tackles a game.”
Boasting three wins and thirteen losses, the current Tigers team are reportedly enthusiastic about the new deal, which will see players allowed to escape the basketcase club for the joys of European travels and a far gentler form of Rugby League.
A competition that boasts the ex-NRL talent of Curtis Sironen, Brodie Croft and fan-favourite ‘Big Papi’ Dylan Napa, the Super League has become a haven for NRL stars happy to play out their twilight years in England, rather than sign with the Gold Coast Titans, another struggling NRL franchise on borrowed time.
Speaking on the new deal, CEO Justin Pascoe told the media that the whole scenario just made sense.
“They’re an average Tigers outfit, we’re an average Tigers team, we can all just be mediocre Tigers together!”
More to come.