Potter appointed Wests Tiger coach
Newly appointed Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter said he is yet to speak to outgoing club mentor Tim Sheens but would be happy to work with him.by NRL
Newly appointed Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter said he is yet to speak to outgoing club mentor Tim Sheens but would be happy to work with him.
The former Bulldogs and Dragons full-back takes over as Tigers head coach for two years after spending the past six seasons coaching in the English Super League.
Potter coached Super League clubs Catalan, St Helens and Bradford but always hoped to secure an NRL head coaching role.
"I think I've served a long apprenticeship and I think I'm ready," Potter told reporters.
Sheens, who had been at the helm of the Wests Tigers since 2003, was sacked as head coach this year with another two years to run on his contract.
He has been offered a role overseeing the Tigers' development in south-west Sydney but is yet to accept the offer.
"The ball is in Tim's court," Wests Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys said.
"We remain keen for Tim to play a key role at the club but it won't be to look over Mick's shoulder."
But Humphreys said it would be foolish not to tap into Sheens' knowledge of the players.
Potter said he expects to talk to Sheens within the next two weeks.
"I'll do what's required by the club," Potter said in regard to possibly working with Sheens.
"Tim's a nice guy and so I am, so I don't think there will be any problems."
The 49-year-old Potter was named the Super League coach of the year for the 2012 season, after also claiming the honour in 2008.
As a player Potter won premierships with the Bulldogs in 1984 and 1985 and won the coveted Dally M medal twice in his outstanding 201 game career.
Wests Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys said Potter's credentials speak for themselves.
"We are thrilled to secure Mick's services for the next couple of seasons," Humphreys said.
"Mick has enjoyed considerable success in Europe and we have no doubt that he is ready for the challenge that the NRL will present.
The Tigers won the NRL premiership under Sheens in 2005, but have failed to deliver again despite a highly rated roster.
While Potter also failed to win a grand final in England, he said he was excited about the opportunity of success with the Tigers.
"The club has some promising young talent coming through the ranks, mixed in with some world-class players as well," he said.
"The playing roster is full of potential and I can't wait to start working with the group.
"This role will be a big challenge for me but it's one that I will approach with lots of confidence and enthusiasm."
Source: ABC Sport
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