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NRL profile: Wests Tigers

Wests Tigers had another season to forget in 2023, picking up the wooden spoon, so there is work to be done in the new NRL campaign.

The Tigers picked up just four wins to finish rock bottom, and they are priced at 3.50 to suffer most losses in 2024.

Only St George Illawarra Dragons are a shorter price at 3.25, so that says a lot about what the season could hold for the long-suffering supporters.

Benji Marshall will take the reins as head coach for the first time, but it looks set to be another testing season for the Tigers.

Some big signings are on the way for 2025, but for now Marshall will have to get the very best out of what he has got if they are to climb the ladder.

They can be backed at 7.50 to make the top eight, which would be one of the achievements of the season if it was to happen.

Big changes and new hope for Tigers

There was some hope heading into the 2023 season as the Tigers embarked on a new era with Tim Sheens back leading the way as head coach.

Benji Marshall was initially the apprentice working under Sheens, with a view to taking charge after a couple of seasons.

However after another shocking run of results, the switch was made ahead of schedule. Sheens stepped aside late in the season and Marshall saw the campaign out.

Again there is hope heading into 2024 following some big changes behind the scenes and a marquee signing.

The Tigers have a new board of directors in place and have announced the signing of gun playmaker Jarome Luai.

However, Luai will see out his deal with Penrith Panthers in 2024 before making the switch next season.

Now the aim for Marshall and the new board will be to make some improvements so that they are ready for the arrival of Luai.

Tigers pull of Luai coup

The capture of three-time Premiership winner Jarome Luai is a huge coup for the Tigers and big statement of intent going forward.

It is a signing to excite the long-suffering supporters, who have not seen finals footy since 2011, but they will have to wait to see the New South Wales State of Origin star.

However, there have been some signings that will be available for 2024. Indeed three new playmakers have been drafted in.

Jayden Sullivan, Aidan Sezer and Latu Fainu have all arrived and will all be competing for the spots in the halves.

Another big signing for the Tigers is the capture of brutal centre Justin Olam from the Melbourne Storm.

The Tigers also have a number of exciting youngsters, who were blooded last year, and will look to kick on in 2024.

They include Josh Feledy, Kit Laulilii, Brandon Tumeth, Tallyn Da Silva and Justin Matamua.

Tigers open up against Raiders

Wests Tigers have a bye in week one of the new NRL season and will begin the campaign with a trip to take on Canberra Raiders on 16th March.

A home game against Cronulla Sharks follow the week after, before trips to take on Parramatta Eels and the Dolphins.

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