Self belief a key for young players

Wests Tigers Coach Mick Potter says the self belief in the younger players is one of the main reasons behind the teams turnaround in form.


Speaking prior to the teams final training run ahead of tomorrow nights away clash against Cronulla at Sharks Stadium, Potter said the likes of youngsters David Nofoaluma, Sauaso Sue, Shaun Spence and Tim Simona were now starting to back themselves more.


The young guys are starting to build up that toughness, whether it is physical or mental, and that belief that they can withstand the opposition regardless of who they are, Potter said.


They can play for 80 minutes and can compete for 80 minutes. Im not sure whether they believed themselves that they could do it. The coaching staff has been right behind them and have supported them right through.

I think they understand now they can compete at the top level every week.


Potter was hopeful the players would take plenty of confidence from last Fridays win over the Storm at Leichhardt Oval.


I like to believe we can build some momentum from that. I have got plenty of faith in our young guys, in the leaders in the team, and our senior players, Potter said.


Everyone is making each other accountable and they are starting to enjoy their footy.


The senior players have been reasonably good. There are certainly some poor games and some better games. The attitude has been right all the way through. I dont think Robbie Farah has deviated, I dont think he has had a below 9 out of 10 effort.


We like to have that consistency all the way through. All of our players are benefiting from the young guys believing in themselves.


Farah said the younger players had taken plenty of confidence out of the four wins from the past five matches.


There are some kids in there who we probably threw in the deep end a bit before their time, he said.


They struggled with it early on but we are now starting to reap the awards of the experience they got earlier in the year and the tough period that we went through.


You learn a lot more when you go through the tough times and they have come out the other end of it and will be better players for it.


They look like first graders now and that they belong there. We are really excited about their progress and seeing what they can do going forward.


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