Tim Sheens returns to head coaching with Wests Tigers

Josh McAllister
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Tim Sheens has been confirmed as the new Wests Tigers head coach for the 2023 NRL season.

Sheens will take charge of the club for the 2023 and 2024 NRL seasons as head coach. Former premiership-winning playmakers Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah have been appointed his assistants.

Marshall will then assume the role as head coach for a further three seasons from 2025 until initially the end of 2027.

Sheens will take the reins from interim coach Brett Kimmorley, who was placed in the role after the club terminated the contract of previous boss Michael Maguire in June.

The combination of Sheens, Farah and Marshall will see more than 1300 games of NRL experience combined together at the helm for Wests Tigers.

“This is about having Wests Tigers DNA surging through the club,” said Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe. “It’s about putting together a rock-solid coaching plan for the next five years.

“This is a very clear path forward for this club. We are delighted to have Tim, Benji and Robbie reunited for the next phase of our club’s growth.

“Benji and Robbie are two of the most talented players this club has seen. And Tim’s coaching record speaks for itself.

“These three have achieved just about everything there is to achieve in the game and this partnership I know will be really, really powerful for our club.”

More on Tim Sheens

Sheens is the longest-serving and most successful coach in West Tigers’ history. He won just under 49 percent of the 250 games he coached during his previous tenure between 2003-2012.

The former player began coaching in 1984 with Penrith Panthers. He has also coached Canberra Raiders, North Queensland Cowboys and the Combined Nations All Stars in 2021.

He became Australia’s head coach in 2009, and later coached Hull KR and Widnes in England.

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