Curtis Sironen has urged the Wests Tigers to re-sign coach Mick Potter after extending his own contract with the NRL club until the end of 2017.
Due to come off-contract at the end of 2014, Potter was one of the coaches under most pressure to keep his job coming into the season but the Tigers’ impressive start has led to talk of him staying with the club long term.
Sironen, 20, committed to the Tigers for three more years on Thursday, adding to a number of recent re-signings including Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods, David Nofoaluma and Mitchell Moses.
With the future looking bright for the equal competition leaders, Sironen said he would like to see Potter play a part in that beyond this season.
“Potts has been unreal this season,” said Sironen.
“Last year, we were all just adjusting to his style of coaching and personality and now he has got us going.
“If the boys are successful this year, I don’t think there is any reason why he wouldn’t be re-signed.
“With the help he has got (assistant coaches Todd Payten and David Kidwell), the boys are going well and we are enjoying playing under Mick.”
Sironen, out until round 13 with a foot injury, said team bonding had been a key contributor to the club’s success so far in 2014.
“Last year, we were lacking something; it started to get repetitive coming to training,” he said.
“A lot of us, myself included, were just doing the bare minimum.
“We were coming to training and then just going home and thinking ‘oh, I have to go back to training tomorrow’.
“But now the boys are in here together doing their extras. We are hanging out together, socialising after hours and I think that camaraderie helps a lot.
“The senior guys have been unreal this year.
“The leadership group have really brought the boys together and you can tell by the way the boys are playing, they are playing for each other.”
Sironen said he was hopeful fullback James Tedesco would be the next to re-sign with the Tigers.
“Everyone has been in his ear. The form he was in at the start of the year was exciting. Hopefully, he will stay,” Sironen said.