Ivan Cleary doubtless was aware of the daunting prospects confronting him when he took the job as the head coach of Wests Tigers.
The team had been underperforming for some time and Cleary’s difficult task was only the harder by losing James Tedesco, Mitchell Moses and Aaron Woods.
The Tigers have not stood idly by, however, and they seem willing to spend big money and offer tenure to their latest target, the St. George Illawarra Dragons’ prop Russell Packer.
Job security seems to be the key lure, but the Dragons, along with offering Packer only three years, apparently want to give him about $100,000 less per season.
The Tigers are busy on other fronts as well. They are seeking the services of Warriors utility Tui Lolohea and they have been raiding Super League for players who seem to have the abilities to move into the NRL.
They also have taken a player from the Melbourne Storm’s past in centre Mahe Fonua and they have Bulldogs winger Corey Thompson on the list for the 2018 season.
Lolohea is the player that seems to be wavering somewhat, as he is also a target of the North Queensland Cowboys, so there is always the possibility that Lolohea might take the potential of the Tigers versus that of the Cowboys into consideration.