Ivan Cleary was seen in the shopping district of Western Sydney recently, looking to purchase some steel-necked turtlenecks after accepting the head-coaching slot with the Wests Tigers.
Actual confirmation of the new coach should come in a matter of days and that Cleary could be coaching when the Wests play the St George Illawarra Dragons this Sunday coming.
The deal will reportedly be for three and a half seasons, with the balance of this year counting as the half, even though it is more in the neighbourhood of 4/5th should he take over for the Dragons game.
He will coach through 2020, theoretically that is, as the recent history suggests than any coach who fails to produce with the Wests has a limited life expectancy, or on-job tenure.
Cleary has been on the dole since the Penrith Panthers pointed him towards the exit at the end of 2015. He is currently coaching Lebanon at the World Cup this year and will have to juggle that with his new job.
He could also have landed with the Canterbury Bulldogs, as there seems to be some displeasure over the effectiveness of Des Hasler.
The NRL coaching carousel continues to spin following the recent trend by the league to adopt the revolving door policy of the NFL, where coaches are blamed for every problem, whether on the field or dealing with the off-field shenanigans of young millionaires.