Wests Tigers Digital has compiled a series of articles, which will provide in-depth answers from Mayer and give Wests Tigers Members and fans an industry leading insight into their Club.
The series will cover multiple facets of the Wests Tigers business including recruitment, retention, salary cap, finances, governance, strategy, coaching staff, membership, communications, game day experience and more.
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Part 2 Coaching Staff
Will Mick Potter be allowed to appoint his own coaching staff?
Its fair to say that the coaching staff that are here are specialists in their roles.
My job over this next short time is to look at our entire coaching and business structure to make sure that we are worlds best practice, and that will be on going.
I can guarantee you that well certainly look at improving our structure and facilities.
Recruitment at Wests Tigers has been criticised, what is being done?
What weve done is put some strength and rigour around our recruitment process whereby its not simply left up to one or two people.
For everyones information, no recruitment manager is responsible for identifying, negotiating, buying and settling on a player.
That usually comes from a retention group and primarily from a coach.
Both my two previous clubs, Canterbury and Manly, have had this structure in place.
Its a very multi-tiered approach to recruitment, to blame any one person is unwarranted.
Its been said has been a culture of complacency amongst the playing group at Wests Tigers. Has this been addressed?
Wayne Bennett has a very a simple philosophy about his playing and coaching staff.
He looks at turning over 20-25% of his squad each year to avoid complacency.
Complacency has no place in successful teams. I am convinced that with the right people in place there will be no room for complacency.
Wests Tigers have endured a horrible run with injuries, are we doing things correctly in training?
Its been a hot topic of conversation all year.
Its fair to summarise it this way. Theres two types of injury Theres impact injuries and theres soft tissue injuries.
The vast majority of our injuries this year have been impact injuries. Therefore soft-tissue injuries, for example those incurred in training, havent been our concern.
Weve obviously struggled in regards to numbers, but were quite satisfied were doing all the right things in training and in rehab.
A good example is Keith Galloway. Pectoral tears are normally season ending. Our rehab team will have him back after the bye.
The Wests Tigers appear to have the longest recovery periods compared to other clubs in the NRL. Do we need to spend more money is it simply bad lack?
Its no secret that our in-house medical facilities need to be reviewed, however, we are satisfied with our current process.
Our physio staff have been very happy with regards to how quickly players have come back.
Weve obviously had our share of long term injuries, Lote Tuqiri for example, but to break a humerus bone is a very rare thing indeed.
How do our training facilities stack up against our competition?
From my experience, we are a fair way behind the market leaders. Clubs such as Panthers, Eels, Bulldogs, Souths have all been gifted significant government grants for their training facilities.
We need to make some very big decisions regarding our facilities now.
Concord needs significant investment, Sydney Olympic Park may be an option and the Moore Park Precinct should also be reviewed. Likewise Campbelltown.
My clear aim is to help the Club develop world-class training facilities.
The NRL can and will play a massive role here.
READ PART ONE - RECRUITMENT, RETENTION AND SALARY CAP