Potter still in dark over future
Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter is yet to hear whether he will be able to state his case when the club's new board meets to discuss his future on Sunday.
With the NRL appointing independent directors Marina Go, Rosemary Sinclair and Lucio Di Bartolomeo to the Wests Tigers board on Friday, settling the club's head coaching position is first on the agenda for the reshaped board when they meet for the first time.
Speaking after his side's 26-10 defeat of the Sharks avoided what would have been a seventh consecutive defeat to round out the season, Potter said he had been given no indication as to whether he will be able to front the board ahead of their decision.
"I haven't had any correspondence with anyone at the moment," Potter said.
"That's fine, I'll just let it take its course. I'm not worried about it. I'm just doing my job as it should be done day to day."
The Tigers board will accept a recommendation from CEO Grant Mayer on the coaching position, though it's thought unlikely he will back Potter given Mayer was responsible for hiring former coach Brian Smith to carry out a mid-season review of the club's coaching and recruitment structures.
Mayer also had a very public falling out with captain Robbie Farah over the saga surrounding the black and gold clipboard that has engulfed the club over the past two months.
An extraordinary board meeting was convened on the same day as the Tigers' Round 20 match against the Dragons, though plans to oust Potter were scuppered by an outcry in the media and from the Tigers faithful.
The Tigers have endured a horror injury toll and, up until their defeat of the Sharks, a six-game losing streak since that July 27 meeting, shooting down the club's top eight prospects in the process.
Prior to their 16-point win over the wooden spooners, Potter told Triple M that certain factions of the club had worked actively against him, though declined to say whether they were players or members of the Tigers front office.
"I feel like there has been some people around who haven't been rowing in the same direction as me," Potter said.
"It makes it very difficult because you are either for the team or against the team, you can't be sitting on the fence."
Despite finishing their third consecutive season – and second under Potter – short of the finals, there is a healthy dose of optimism about the club's future.
After the opening two months of the season the Tigers had risen as high as second on the ladder playing an enterprising brand of football, and young guns Luke Brooks, Mitchell Moses, Aaron Woods, Curtis Sironen and James Tedesco have all been tied to the club long term.
Potter was circumspect as to whether the win over Cronulla would help his cause, but hoped the Tigers improvement from a 15th placed finish in 2013 would stand him in good stead.
"Holistically you look at the whole season as far as what's happened," Potter said.
"We were in contention up until a few weeks ago and there's a whole heap of reasons or that. Today's good to have a win."
Potter praised his players efforts under trying circumstances over the back end of the year, but conceded the year would be marked down as an unsuccessful one due to the fact they have again missed the semis.
"The players are driven and they're going to try and win all the time," Potter said.
"There's been no lack of effort from the players when we've lost games in the last six weeks. So I'm really proud of them and they've done well.
"Under the circumstances it's not pleasing... we wanted to make the eight; regardless of who's injured and who's not injured, regardless of the distractions we've had. The aim is to make the eight and we accept that."