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Wests Tigers boss Tim Sheens backs Michael Maguire, Luke Brooks


“Two weeks ago, we beat the Roosters [in a trial] and everyone was, ‘Yahoo, yahoo’, media-wise. I understand we are vulnerable based on performances, but that’s last year. It’s game two. That’s all it is.

“There have been plenty of times they have called for my head halfway through a year. It’s game two. I know how hard they’ve worked, I know how hard the coach has worked.

Wests Tigers head of football Tim Sheens.

Wests Tigers head of football Tim Sheens.Credit:Kate Geraghty

“The football department will be working hard, given the issues we’ve got. We’ve got injuries to key players, we have people out of our top 13. We’ve got plenty of issues. But everyone has ignored that.

“At the end of the day – my main comment is that I’m supporting the team and Madge through what is a tough period for us.”


Sheens additionally put to mattress discuss Luke Brooks is sad on the membership, after he shouldered a part of the blame for the 22-point loss on Sunday.

“Go back to what I said before. I said before Christmas Luke is our halfback, and that’s it,” he mentioned.

Meanwhile, the Tigers’ finest participant on Sunday, playmaker Jackson Hastings, is about to overlook the matches towards the Warriors and Titans after the judiciary graded a harmful throw sort out a grade-two offence.

Maguire thought the incident was merely a “rugby league tackle” and Hastings mentioned submit match there was no intent to trigger injury.

“I had no malice to go out there and lift anyone or hurt anyone,” he mentioned.

“Obviously, he got put in a bit of an awkward situation at the top there, but I feel like he landed OK. I did apologise and went up to him after the game, and he seemed to think it was alright. I don’t want to miss a game. I want to be there with my teammates and slug it out with them.

“I don’t want to be sitting in the grandstands. I want to be out on the field busting my arse trying to get us out of this little rut we’re in.”

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