The Wests Tigers last made an NRL finals series in 2011 and are currently experiencing the NRL’s longest finals drought with the club missing eight finals series in a row so far.
The club has gone through somewhat of a long rebuilding phase since then, with the majority of the club’s stars leaving not long after the 2011 season meaning they were forced to look within.
This would see the emergence of players such as Luke Brooks, Mitchell Moses, Aaron Woods and James Tedesco.
Unfortunately the Tigers poor run of maintaining their squad would continue as Moses, Woods and Tedesco would all eventually leave with all three playing in the finals last season and Tedesco winning the 2019 Dally M Player of the Year award.
Wests have been on the cusp of the finals for a while now with the club finishing ninth three times out of the past four seasons.
However, 2020 could very well be the year they crack the top eight again, with the club adding star power to their weaker positions, whilst maintaining their core.
The additions of Adam Doueihi and Joseph Leilua will give the Tigers so much needed “x factor” on the edges, while Luciano Leilua and Zane Musgrove to add aggression in the forward pack, with current stars Luke Brooks and Benji Marshall looking to steer the side around the field.
A local junior returns home. 🐯
— Wests Tigers (@WestsTigers) January 30, 2020
There’s a good chance that 2020 is the year the Tigers break their streak and make the eight again.