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Who will replace Michael Maguire at Wests Tigers; Offer Cameron Ciraldo, Penrith Panthers, candidates, news, updates

The Wests Tigers are reportedly considering offering Panthers assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo a monster contract to replace Michael Maguire.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Tigers have their sights set on the much-loved Ciraldo and are ready to hand in a five-year deal.

The report says Ciraldo has been on the club’s radar for some time with moves made ‘in the background’ last season to bring him to the Tigers.

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Panthers assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo is the target for the Tigers.Source: Getty Images

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Maguire was handed the ax this week after a long string of poor performances.

NRL 360 reported on Monday that the premiership winner had practically coached his last game. The club then swung the ax the following day with the group of players left in stunned silence at the news.

A five-year contract for a rookie manager is almost unheard of in the NRL, but speaks to the lengths the Tigers are willing to go to turn the struggling club around.

Ciraldo has been linked with a host of vacant NRL head coaching positions over the past 18 months but has been reluctant to make the move to date.

According to the Telegraph, however, he has started telling people about his move in a sign that he may finally be convinced to take the plunge.

It comes after Tigers director of football Tim Sheens revealed the type of coach they are looking for.

“We are looking for a development coach,” Sheens told NRL 360.

“Someone who is ready to give our youngsters an opportunity. He’s going to have to be patient.

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“It will not be a simple solution tomorrow. These kids, we have a lot of 21 and under in the club.

“We just have to choose where we have to choose and develop and develop hard and continue our development program, which will be next year and the year after and the year after.

“We now have great routes. We are determined to make it a fist. It will take a bit of time, but I’m not saying it will take three years to see results.

NRL 360 coach Paul Kent said Sheens’ comment pointed to a man, Ciraldo

“It’s been a really confusing time for the club, but luckily now they’re starting to be a bit decisive and that’s where I think the club are trying to move forward,” Kent said.

“They are doing the right thing by taking their time trying to find a coach, but there is a bit of a battle going on at the moment.

“Let’s remember Cameron Ciraldo got that one, a fullback position. The development coach points the finger at Ciraldo.

“Having said that, although there are two other clubs now looking for a head coach for next season, so there is going to be a bit of a race here and a bit of jockeying between the three clubs to find the right guy. “