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Jason Taylor addresses the media on his first day as head coach at Wests Tigers.

Wests Tigers have today confirmed the club's coaching staff for the 2016 season.

Following the 2015 season Wests Tigers conducted a thorough review of the football department with a number of new staff to join the club.

The club will again be led by head coach Jason Taylor who joined Wests Tigers ahead of the 2015 season.

Taylor will be joined by NRL assistant coaches David Kidwell and Craig Sandercock. Kidwell has been a part of the Wests Tigers coaching staff since the beginning of the 2014. Sandercock joins Wests Tigers from the Newcastle Knights, where he was an NRL assistant coach. Between 2012 and 2014 Sandercock was head coach of Hull KR in the Super League and for the two years before heading to England was on the coaching staff of the Newcastle Knights.

Wests Tigers' physical performance department will be headed up by Marcus Kain who is entering his second season at the club. Kain will be joined by new strength and conditioning coach Chris Dorman who has spent the last five years as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the Fremantle Dockers. 

Also joining the club is Alex Kertesz who will take on the role of assistant strength and conditioning coach, Kertesz joins Wests Tigers having been a part of the NSW Waratahs staff since 2012. 

Blake McLean will continue to head up the club's sports science program.

Joining Wests Tigers as new Holden Cup Head Coach is Willie Peters. Most recently Peters has been SG Ball coach for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and has a professional playing career of over 140 games.

Paul Stringer will take on the head coaching role of Wests Tigers' NSW Cup side, having been Holden Cup assistant coach in 2014. Before embarking on a coaching career Stringer player over 140 NRL games. 

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said that the changes to the club's coaching staff were made following a rigorous review process. 

"Following the 2015 season we conducted a full review of our coaching structure, the same way that we did with our playing group," said Pascoe. "As a result of that we have made a number of positive changes to our coaching staff for the 2016 season.

"The club and Jason have made these changes in order to get the most out of our playing group both on and off the field," he said.

Wests Tigers' NRL squad will begin pre-season training in early November. 

Wests Tigers 2016 Coaching Staff
NRL Head Coach – Jason Taylor
NRL Assistant Coach – David Kidwell
NRL Assistant Coach – Craig Sandercock
Head of Physical Performance – Marcus Kain
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Chris Dorman
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach – Alex Kertesz
Sports Scientist – Blake McLean
NSW Cup Head Coach – Paul Stringer
NYC Head Coach – Willie Peters


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