Tim Grant joined Wests Tigers at the start of 2016, adding some much needed experience and power up front — which he showed right throughout the year.

Missing just two games during the season, the former Panther and Rabbitoh was a vital cog in Wests Tigers’ engine room from the opening round, forming a strong front row rotation with Aaron Woods, Sauaso Sue and Ava Seumanufagai for the ensuring rounds.

During the State of Origin period in particular, with Woods missing from the front row, Grant showed how importance his inclusion in the side was — averaging 111 metres on the ground and 31 tackles in the games that Woods didn’t feature in during the year.

He left it late to grab his maiden try in Wests Tigers colours, crashing over in the second half of the final game of the year against Canberra Raiders, but Grant had well and truly made his impact felt on and off the field before then. With the reduced interchange this year, Grant’s ability to produce big minutes in the middle of the field was a huge strength for Wests Tigers in 2016, and he will no doubt feature heavily again in 2017. 

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2016 Year in Numbers

Games

Tries

Metres

Linebreaks

Tackles

Hit-Ups

22

1

2195m

2

576

229




Top Try — Round 26 vs. Canberra Raiders

The saying “better late than never” is certainly true in this case for Grant, who left it until the final half of the year to score his first try in Wests Tigers colours. Backing up a break in the middle of the field, Grant showed good hands to collect the ball the following play, before crashing over next to the posts in front of the Leichhardt faithful.

 

Best Game — Round 18 vs. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

With Woods away on Origin duties, Grant was promoted to the run-on side for the final time of the year against the Bulldogs — producing his best effort of the year in the process. The 28-year-old chalked up an impressive 161 metres from 12 hit-ups, adding in a linebreak and 32 tackles without missing one in his side’s 32-22 defeat.