:     BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Bradford coach Mick Potter       during the Stobart Superleague match between Bradford Bulls and London       Broncos at Odsal Stadium on July 8, 2012 in Bradford, England. (Photo by       Gareth Copley/) potter.jpg

Interested … Michael Potter. Photo: Getty Images

SUPER LEAGUE coach of the year Michael Potter has expressed an interest in the vacant Wests Tigers job after returning home to Australia.

Potter, who was yesterday voted the best coach in Super League by his peers at rival clubs after his efforts with Bradford this year, turned down an offer from the Bulls' new owners and wants a job in the NRL.

While yet to speak to anyone at the Tigers since the club decided last week to move Tim Sheens into a different role, Potter said he would be keen to do so if there was a chance he could get the coaching job.

''If I am asked I would certainly go and talk to the people at Wests Tigers,'' Potter told the Herald. ''They play a good brand of footy and it would be a good opportunity. There is no point throwing your hat in the ring if you are not asked because jobs aren't like that in rugby league, I don't think. But if they wanted to talk to me I would be happy to do so.''

After seven years in charge of Catalans, St Helens and Bradford, Potter feels he has something to offer as an NRL coach but would consider an assistant's role.

''I would like to think there are some jobs around, even as an assistant,'' he said. ''The NRL is the premier competition and if I can get an opportunity to help someone out I will do it.''

''I have been coaching since 1997 [at Illawarra] so it has been a while. I like doing it and without boasting I think I am quite good, and I have got a couple of little niches that I think I am very good at.

''I think I am able to get the best out of players and improve them individually. I think I have shown that in the years I have been over in England and France.''

After being appointed as Catalans foundation coach in 2006, Potter steered the Perpignan-based club to the Challenge Cup final the following season and third place in Super League in 2008.

He also took St Helens to successive grand finals in 2009 and 2010 and missed the play-offs this season with Bradford only because the club was docked six points for being placed into administration.

''I just need an opportunity and for someone to say, 'You're the bloke to take us forward','' Potter said.

''I don't think I have left a team in worse shape than when I started.''

The Herald has been told a sub-committee appointed last week is still preparing of short list of candidates, while reviewing other positions on the Tigers coaching staff - including a role for Sheens.

Parramatta-bound assistant Matt Parish, Sydney Roosters under-20s coach Jason Taylor and Melbourne deputy Kevin Walters have also been linked to the job.

Meanwhile, former Melbourne and Manly halfback Matt Orford is also looking for a coaching position within the NRL.

Orford, who did not play this year after an injury-ravaged season with Canberra last year, has done his level-two coaching certificate and was involved in a playmakers academy organised by Phil Gould for elite Penrith juniors.