Coveted coach knocks back Wests Tigers


The Wests Tigers will continue their search for a new head coach, after the club confirmed today that Cameron Ciraldo would be remaining with the Panthers for the time being.

The 37-year-old has been the hottest property in the coaching market for a couple of years now, having already knocked the Tigers back once before.

After they parted ways with Michael Maguire three weeks’ ago, the Tigers had made Ciraldo their number one target, offering him a five-year deal – but the Panthers assistant was also coveted by other teams.

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But on Saturday evening, a brief statement on their website confirmed that the team’s recruitment had been unsuccessful.

“The club has been contacted by Cameron Ciraldo and his management this afternoon and they have advised the club that he is not in a position to accept the role of head coach at this juncture in his career,” the statement read.

“Whilst disappointing, we respect his decision, and we will continue with the selection process in appointing our club’s head coach.”

Ciraldo had been linked to other clubs, including the Bulldogs and Knights, although the latter still have a head coach, while the Warriors are also searching for new hire.

Tonga coach Kristian Woolf declined an offer from the New Zealand club, while Bulldogs boss Phil Gould said the club has not even begun the search for Trent Barrett’s permanent replacement.

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