Wests Tigers welcome new recruits

Wests Tigers today welcomed four of the Club's recruits for 2014 to Concord Oval to meet the squad and begin preparations for pre-season.


Dene Halatau, Cory Paterson, Keith Lulia and Martin Taupau were introduced to their new team mates and quickly put through their paces by the coaching staff.


The four new players underwent testing to give the high performance unit an in-depth knowledge of their current physical abilities as they plan the pre-season program.


2005 premiership winner Dene Halatau relished the opportunity to train under former team mate and current Strength and Conditioning Coach John Skandalis.


"It's just a bit of functional testing to see how we move and some heart rate stuff to get some base markers for when pre-season starts," said Halatau.


"I haven't done anything since the season finished for the Bulldogs so it's been good to blow some cobwebs out."


Cory Paterson was pleased to be back in the NRL after a stint with Hull KR and the big back rower enjoyed meeting his new team mates.


"It's been good. It's very exciting meeting the coaching staff and all the boys," said Paterson.


"They've all been very welcoming. Hopefully we can form a good friendship and work towards a common goal next year."


Cook Islands centre Keith Lulia has worked under coach Mick Potter at Bradford and praised the Club's coaching staff.


"We came in and met all the people, everyone was very friendly and easy going. It was pretty comfortable to come in here and start fresh," said Lulia.


"All the coaching staff seem very professional, they know what they're talking about."


Samoa front rower Martin Taupau will add plenty of size and aggression to the Wests Tigers pack and was quick to say he was ready to give his all for his new team mates.


"I'm just going to give my best for the Club and for the boys," said Taupau.


"It was a pretty bad season last year, so we want to turn that around."


Cory Paterson

Born: 14/07/1987

Position: Second row

Previous Clubs: Newcastle Knights (2007-11), North Queensland (2011-12), Hull KR (2013)

NRL games: 87

Super League games: 15


Keith Lulia

Born: 17/06/1987

Position: Centre

Previous Clubs: St George-Illawarra (2007), Newcastle Knights (2008-11), Bradford (2012-13)

NRL games: 53

Super League games: 50


Dene Halatau

Born: 27/01/1983

Position: Utility

Previous Clubs: Wests Tigers (2003-09), Canterbury Bulldogs (2010-13)

NRL games: 197


Martin Taupau

Born: 03/02/1990

Position: Prop

Previous Clubs: Canterbury Bulldogs (2010-13)

NRL games: 21