NRL star Benji Marshall.
NRL star Benji Marshall. Jonathan Wood

New coach Mick Potter vows to go hard on West Tigers

NEW  Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter vowed yesterday to bring discipline and structure to the club - traits that went missing last season as the team finished a disappointing 10th.

Potter brought both those qualities to UK Super League clubs Bradford, Catalans and St Helens, and performed well with each of those sides as coach.

Despite his program, the 49-year-old has promised not to restrain the free spirit of playmaker Benji Marshall.

When asked what he would bring to the club, Potter responded in a no-fuss manner.

"I bring Mick Potter, who is disciplined, honest and hard working, as all the players will be," he said.

"There'll be a little bit of structure there and we'll play to our strengths. If our strength is moving the ball, then we'll move the ball.

"I don't want to stifle Benji's style. I think he had the highest amount of try assists last season and I don't want to stifle that."

It seems as though Potter's no-nonsense personality will be just what the Tigers need.

Poor discipline continually cost them in 2012 after they were installed as favourites in the pre-season.

Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys was defensive when asked what sort of role recently sacked coach Tim Sheens would play alongside Potter.

"It's not really for today. Today's about Mick's appointment," Humphreys said.

"In relation to Tim, we remain keen for him to play a role, particularly in overseeing our development activities and some plans we have for south-west Sydney."

Potter received the coveted Super League Coach of the Year award in 2008, and again in the recently completed 2012 season.


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