Wests Tigers and Tim Sheens agree to part ways
Wests Tigers and Tim Sheens have mutually agreed to part ways with the four-time premiership winning coach finishing up at the end of this season.
Sheens said: “I came back with a focus on creating stronger pathways and development programs.
“I am proud of the work accomplished by all involved in the pathways system and of the emerging local talent, in both the men's and women’s competitions.”
The club acknowledges the tremendous efforts and sacrifices Tim has made during his tenure and recognises that his contribution has put the club in a great position to continue developing players.
Wests Tigers CEO, Justin Pascoe says Tim has made a significant contribution since returning to the club.
“Tim has given extraordinary assistance and support to creating a very strong pathways program, one that will deliver talent across both our men's and women’s competitions for a long time to come,” said Pascoe.
“Our supporters should be excited by the future and by what Tim has been able to deliver in this space, and our club will continue to invest and apply resources to player development in our local regions.”
Sheens was appointed to the position of Wests Tigers head coach in 2023 with the responsibility of mentoring Benji Marshall, who was to take up the role in 2025.
Wests Tigers is excited to announce that the planned transition of Benji Marshall into the head coaching role has been brought forward, with Marshall to take the reins in 2024.
Sheens, who was overseeing the transition, added:
“I am extremely proud of what I have been able to do in transitioning Benji into the main role and wish him and the club all the success in the future.”
Marshall, who played 346 NRL games, says he has benefitted greatly from assisting Sheens this season.
“I am humbled by Tim’s endorsement as the future and long-term head coach of Wests Tigers,” said Marshall.
“To be the head coach of Wests Tigers has been a long-held dream of mine since retiring from playing.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to take on the role and I am indebted to Tim for all that he has taught me, both as a player and as an assistant coach.
“I know that I am ready to take on the role with all the support that the club has offered.”
Pascoe says the club is extremely appreciative of what Sheens has done for Wests Tigers.
“On behalf of the club, I cannot thank Tim enough for his contribution over the past three years,” Pascoe said.
“It has been a very difficult period for the club, but Tim has remained staunch and committed to what we have been trying to achieve, and to the development of our pathways and coaching programs.
“As a result, we have a very strong group of young men and women coming through, together with a new head coach who is ready and excited to lead this club into the future.”