Premiership-winning fullback Brett Hodgson and Coach Tim Sheens have today been named as Life Members of Wests Tigers at the Club’s annual Grand Final Luncheon.
The pair join Robbie Farah, Benji Marshall (both 2013 inductees), Mark O’Neill and John Skandalis (both 2014 inductees) as the only six Life Members of Wests Tigers.
Both Hodgson and Sheens were involved with Wests Tigers’ maiden premiership-winning team in 2005, having moved to the joint-venture Club shortly before that season.
After originally beginning his career with the Western Suburbs Magpies in 1997, Hodgson moved to Parramatta in 2000 for four years, before joining Wests Tigers in 2004.
The Campbelltown junior produced career-best form shortly after in 2005, where he broke a myriad of Club and NRL records en route to being named the Dally M Fullback of the Year.
Returning to the State of Origin arena in 2006, Hodgson played three further seasons with Wests Tigers, before leaving at the end of 2008 to join Huddersfield in Super League.
Last year, Hodgson was voted as Fullback in Wests Tigers Team of 15 Years.
In total, Hodgson played 103 games for Wests Tigers, scoring 39 tries, 317 goals and 786 points — making him the second-highest points-scorer in Club history behind Marshall.
Sheens took over as Head Coach of Wests Tigers in 2003, and took the Club to it’s first finals series in 2005, which ended with the Club winning it's maiden premiership.
That season, Sheens was also named the Dally M Coach of the Year.
Continuing on with Wests Tigers in 2006, Sheens remained with the Club until the end of the 2012 season, taking the Club to the finals on two further occasions in 2010 and 2011.
In total, Sheens coached the Club for 249 matches between 2003 and 2012, with 122 wins and 127 losses. His 49% winning percentage is the highest in the Club’s history.
Wests Tigers congratulate Brett and Tim on their induction as Life Members of the Club.
Player Profile: Brett Hodgson
D.O.B. — 12th February, 1978
Position — Fullback
NRL Debut — Round 11, 1997 (Wests vs. South Queensland Crushers, Campbelltown)
Wests Tigers Debut — Round 1, 2004 (vs. Cronulla Sharks, Telstra Stadium)
NRL Games — 224 games (92 tries, 460 goals, 1 field goal, 1289 points)
Wests Tigers Games — 102 games (38 tries, 317 goals, 786 points)
Honours — Premiership Winner (2005), Dally M Fullback of the Year (2005), NRL Top Points Scorer (2005), Wests Tigers Captain (2006-08), NSW Origin (2006)
Coach Profile: Tim Sheens
D.O.B. — 30th October, 1950
NRL Debut — Round 1, 1984 (Penrith Panthers vs. St. George Dragons, Penrith Park)
Wests Tigers Debut — Round 1, 2003 (vs. St. George-Illawarra Dragons, Telstra Stadium)
NRL Games — 669 games (340 wins, 318 losses, 11 draws, 50.8% win percentage)
Wests Tigers Games — 249 games (122 wins, 127 losses, 0 draws, 49.0% win percentage)
Honours — Premiership Winner (2005), Dally M Coach of the Year (2005)