Mick Potter has twice been named Coach of the Year in the English Super League. Photo: Getty Images
Wests Tigers have confirmed the appointment of Mick Potter as the club's new coach for the next two seasons.
Potter will be unveiled at a 3pm press conference at Concord Oval.
Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys said the appointment was made following a thorough selection process undertaken by the club.
“We are thrilled to secure Mick's services for the next couple of seasons,” Humphreys said.
“Mick has enjoyed considerable success in Europe and we have no doubt that he is ready for the challenge that the NRL will present.
“We see him as the perfect person for the role. He has demonstrated his qualities as a coach in a range of differing circumstances over the last seven years. He will bring not only this experience but importantly, also a fresh pair of eyes and a new energy to our club.”
Potter said that it was a great honour to join a club like Wests Tigers.
“I'm really excited about this opportunity”, he said.
“The club has some promising young talent coming through the ranks, mixed in with some world-class players as well. The playing roster is full of potential and I can't wait to start working with the group.
“This role will be a big challenge for me but it's one that I will approach with lots of confidence and enthusiasm.”
The squad will be back into full training in early November and Potter confirmed that it will now be full steam ahead.
“I have officially commenced with Wests Tigers as of today. I have already been briefed on our pre season training plan. I was very impressed with the plan and have given it my full endorsement.
“I will be working hard with our support staff in preparation for the players assembling in a couple of weeks.”
Potter was a premiership winner as a player with the Canterbury Bulldogs in 1984 and 1985. He was also a dual winner of the Dally M Player of the Year Award during an outstanding 201 game career.
Since his retirement as a player, Potter has become one of the most respected coaches in the English Super League, having coached Catalan, St Helens and Bradford with great distinction.
He received the coveted Super League Coach of the Year Award in 2008 and again in the recently completed 2012 season.