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New Assistant Coach David Kidwell spoke to the media yesterday about his excitement of not only joining the Club, but being part of the new era unfolding at the Wests Tigers.

After three seasons as the Melbourne Storm Assistant Coach, Kidwell and fellow Assistant Todd Payten will work closely with Head Coach Mick Potter in what is a new-look structure for 2014.

Kidwells stint at the Storm was a successful one, winning the 2012 premiership and two minor premierships alongside Craig Bellamy.

The 209-game NRL veteran is confident that there are exciting times ahead at the Club.

Wests Tigers are entering a new era and its exciting times ahead for our Members in 2014, Kidwell said.

Weve definitely got some things to work on but we have some great talent coming through and Im excited to be able to work with them and help them progress for the Wests Tigers in 2014.

I want to bring my own style to the Club, to add value to the Wests Tigers and obviously work with Mick and Todd as a unit.

A hard-hitting defender during his playing days, Kidwell will play a key role in improving the Wests Tigers defence for 2014.

Defensively I think there are things to work on, thats what the pre-season is there for and Ive definitely got some ideas to put some steel back in the Wests Tigers defence, Kidwell said.

Youve got to be good across the park and Wests Tigers have always been renowned for their attack and flair.

Thats something as a coaching staff that we are not looking to take away, but definitely an area that we will look at is our defence.

The new-look team also includes NYC Coach Andrew Webster, with Kidwell complementing Potter on his attitude towards younger coaches.

Weve only had a few days together but hes open-minded to Todd, Webby (Webster) and me as young coaches, which I think is a great attribute to have, Kidwell said.

Im excited to be here for 2014 and moving forward with the Wests Tigers.

Its a great challenge, you always get challenges in life and Ive had a them through my football career and Im just excited to be here and move forward with the Club into the new era.

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