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Tireless forward Alex Twal.

Wests Tigers battled to dent defences last year and averaged the third-fewest metres per carry (8.8m) as they fell short of breaking their famous finals drought.

A team's average gain per run proved to be a decent gauge of their overall success in 2020. Parramatta, who finished third, topped this category in the regular season with 9.5m a carry, followed by eventual premiers Melbourne (9.4m) and South Sydney (9.4).

Only 15th-placed Canterbury (8.5m) and 13th-placed Manly (8.6m) were ranked lower than the Tigers, who came 10th on the ladder.

Michael Maguire's side came in 12th for overall metres gained (31,823) and had a differential of -49.1m having conceded 32,805m.

The Tigers will want more yardage from their big men, with prop Josh Aloiai (137m) – who is now at the Sea Eagles – one of only three forwards to have averaged more than 100m per game.

Bench front-rower Matt Eisenhuth and edge weapon Luciano Leilua (102m) were the others, while lock Alex Twal, whose season was interrupted by injury, averaged 99m.

Winger David Nofoaluma was the team's best player last year, averaging a high of 179m a match as well as scoring 17 tries.

Fullback/centre Adam Doueihi (155m) and winger Tommy Talau (120m) were the other regular backs to average three figures.

The acquisition of Panthers captain James Tamou could be crucial for the Tigers as they look to replace Aloiai's work ethic while raising the yardage output of their pack across the board.