Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Wests Tigers have had yet another disappointing year so far in 2022 with the club currently sitting in the bottom four after losing their first five games of the season.
Speculation over the future of half Luke Brooks has been highly publicised as it has over the past couple of years and coach Michael Maguire was finally released from his contract in the middle of the season following reports that he was under immense pressure continued to emerge over the past few months.
It seems bleak in Tiger town right now but fans are holding out hope that the club can end its finals drought in 2023 with the signing of premiership-winning hooker Apisai Koroisau who recently made his State of Origin debut for New South Wales.
However, whispers of a backflip from Koroisau started circulating due to the Tigers lack of form but the man himself has confirmed he will be at the club next year in an interview with The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio.
“I’m there [at the Tigers] 100 per cent,’’ Koroisau said.
“The Tigers will be me next year.”
Riccio went on to ask Koroisau about the Tigers current coaching situation and his thoughts on Tim Sheens.
— David Riccio (@DaveRic1) July 6, 2022
“I’ve obviously met him [Sheens] a few times now and had a few conversations with him.
“He obviously did it in 2005 and won a premiership so whatever decision they wanted to go, I’d be down with that.’’
Koroisau will be joined by Parramatta’s Isaiah Papali’i at the Tigers next season, someone Tim Sheens spoke about with nothing but praise when the signing was announced in November.
“Isaiah is an exceptionally talented young forward who has shown himself to be a player with a fantastic attitude, work ethic and drive,” Sheens said.
“We firmly believe that his best football is still ahead of him and we’re very excited to see him progress in next steps of his rugby league career with Wests Tigers.”
Sheens certainly feels the same about Koroisau as he looks to these two superstars to fix his side’s fortunes in 2023 and get them back to the finals.