Premiership-winning coach rejoins Wests Tigers

The man who guided Wests Tigers to their only premiership title is re-joining the club, with Tim Sheens appointed as the new head of football performance.

Sheens coached the club in 250 matches from 2003-2012, which included grand final success in 2005, when the Tigers beat the Cowboys in the decider.

However, he was involved in a messy split from the club after being dumped as head coach. The dispute lasted nearly two years, with Sheens threatening to sue the Tigers, before the matter was eventually settled in late 2014.

The 70-year-old has coached more than 750 games at the top level, in addition to 166 matches as a player. Added to his 2005 premiership are titles in 1989, 1990 and 1994 with Canberra.

The newly-created role is aimed at supporting pathway development and planning, recruitment, football administration, club culture and ensuring sustainability in all aspects of the Wests Tigers.

“I am very much looking forward to returning to Wests Tigers as the new head of football performance,” Sheens said.

“This role is extremely exciting as it allows me to work and utilise my experience, especially around pathways, development and talent identification.”

Sheens will oversee the recently-appointed Brett Kimmorley and Matthew Betsey, who was signed from Cricket Australia.

“I’m looking forward to Tim, Matt and Brett continuing to build on the strong foundations that have been developed in our pathways programs,” said head coach Michael Maguire.

“It’s been very pleasing to see the work that has been done in this area already to build longevity and sustained success at the club and it’s great to see the desire and commitment across our entire organisation to ensuring that continues.”

The Tigers are currently 10th on the ladder, following last night’s 26-6 win over Penrith.

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