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Wests Tigers further strengthen Pathways and Development programs

Wests Tigers have today announced a number of key additions to the club’s football department which will further strengthen its pathways and junior development programs.

Wests Tigers are pleased to welcome Matthew Betsey as its new Head of Pathways who joins the club after a successful stint as the Coaching and Development Manager at Cricket Australia — overseeing the growth and progress of many youngsters through cricket’s top academy.

Betsey will start with Wests Tigers in July alongside Brett Kimmorley, who has returned to the club in a Pathways and Coaching Manager role.

The 307-game halfback, who spent time with Wests Tigers as its NYC Holden Cup Coach in 2015, will take on a new role with the club working with junior development and academy set-up across the club while also focusing on coaching education.

Kimmorley’s experience will also be key for the club as he works with halves throughout Wests Tigers’ junior rugby league catchment areas.

Betsey and Kimmorley’s arrivals will also see David Fauonuku take on a new role with the club as he moves into a Junior Rugby League Coaching and Development Manager position.

Fauonuku has been with the club since 2019 — featuring as its Tarsha Gale Coach for the past few seasons — and will now concentrate on junior rugby league development as well as talent identification in both Wests Tigers men’s and women’s pathways programs.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said the new additions and changes highlighted the club’s continued focus on strengthening its pathways and development programs.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said the new additions and changes highlighted the club’s focus on strengthening its pathways and development programs.

“On behalf of all at the club, I’d like to welcome both Matthew and Brett to Wests Tigers and congratulate David on his new role,” Pascoe said.

“As a club, we’ve made significant progress in our pathways programs and are determined to continue to improve in this space and be known as a Development club.

“These additions to our football department will ensure we not only develop the best young talent across the Inner and South West of Sydney but also retain our excellent juniors coming through at the moment,” he said. “That is why investing in these roles is crucial in producing sustained success for the club both on and off the field.”

Betsey and Kimmorley will assume their new roles with Wests Tigers in July, while Fauonuku’s new role will begin in the coming weeks.