Four reasons to love 2018

Clear direction: The Wests Tigers will have a full pre-season and unbroken season proper (one can hope) under Ivan Cleary. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Clear direction: The Wests Tigers will have a full pre-season and unbroken season proper (one can hope) under Ivan Cleary. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

The Wests Tigers win on Sunday was a welcome relief from the many, many losses suffered this year.

It lifted the spirits of fans far and wide and got Tiger Talk thinking about the good things to come next year.

AAP Image/David Moir

AAP Image/David Moir

So, let’s forget about our 2017 season woes and look forward to the five things that will back next year a whole lot better than this year.

Coach Cleary

One of the biggest struggles the boys in black, white and orange faced this year was the rotating door of coaches.

Jason Taylor was sacked after just three rounds and Andrew Webster took over for a couple of weeks, until Ivan Cleary was finally announced.

He inherited a disjointed team that had undergone the all-important pre-season under the leadership of another coach. Next year it will be all Ivan and the Tigers will be the better for it.

No contract drama

This season was also plagued with the will they/won’t they drama of key players James Tedesco, Aaron Woods, Mitch Moses and Luke Brooks.

The four star players all came of contract and the decisions of their futures garnered more attention than their gameplay.

Next season, with Teddy, Woodsy and Moses all moving on, the team can focus on the players that actually want to be there.

Josh Reynolds

One thing the side has been repeatedly accused of this season is a lack of heart.

When current Canterbury Bulldog Josh Reynolds arrives next season, the Wests Tigers will get a fresh injection of heart and soul.

If there’s one thing Reynolds has in spades, it’s drive.

Things can’t get much worse

Let’s face it, season 2017 has absolutely sucked.

There has been practically nothing to celebrate in Tiger Town and a lot of cannon fodder for doomsday writers (Tiger Talk included).

Even if the team find themselves extending the lease on the cellar, it couldn’t be worse than this year – at least the off-field drama will have subsided.