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

The Wests Tigers are reportedly weighing up offering Panthers assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo a monster deal to replace Michael Maguire.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the Tigers have their sights set on the highly-rated Ciraldo and are prepared to table a five-year contract.

The report states Ciraldo has been on the club’s radar for a while with moves made “in the background” last season to get him to the Tigers.

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“The Tigers want to give someone a long-term deal and he (Ciraldo) is the guy they want,” The Australian’s Brent Read said on ‘NRL 360’ on Thursday.

“They want a five year deal for him. He is going to have a big decision to make Cameron. It is going to be a lot of money potentially to knock back and a long-term deal at the Tigers.

“He has got a big decision to make as we know. He is going to have a few clubs to choose from.

“He has got the whip hand and he is in the box seat, it is handy.”

Rugby league great Laurie Daley was stunned when reacting to the news on Friday morning, warning the Tigers against the move.

“You can’t offer him a five-year deal,” he said on The Big Sports Breakfast.

“That would be one of the worst decisions the Tigers have made. It just doesn’t make sense. What happens after 18th months if they’re still in the same predicament? You don’t want to pay out someone again.

“Three years, put some clauses in there if you make the finals you get an extension but don’t just sign someone for five years. You’re taking someone on that has never been in that environment before. You’re not taking on a Wayne Bennett, Craig Bellamy or Trent Robinson who has got years of experience behind them and success.

“You’re taking on a rookie coach and want to give him a five-year deal and what about the amount of money they’d have to pay?”

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Maguire was shown the ax this week after a long run of poor performances.

‘NRL 360’ broke the news on Monday that the premiership-winner had all but coached his last game. The club then swung the ax the following day with the playing group left in stunned silence at the news.

A five-year deal for a rookie coach is almost unheard of in the NRL but speak to the lengths the Tigers are prepared to go to turn the struggling club around.

Ciraldo has been linked to a host of vacant NRL head coaching positions in over the past 18 months but has baulked at making the move to date.

According to the Telegraph, however, he has started speaking to people about the move in a sign he could finally be convinced to take the leap.

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

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

“Someone who is prepared to give our youngsters and opportunity. He is going to need to be patient.

“It is not going to be a simple fix tomorrow. Those kids we have got a lot of 21 and under in the club.

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

“We have got great pathways now. We are determined to make a fist of that. It will take a little bit of time, but I’m not saying it will be three years before we get a result.

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

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

“They are doing the right thing about taking their time to try and find a coach, but there is a bit of a battle on now.

“Let’s remember Cameron Ciraldo has got that one out, one back position. The development coach points to Ciraldo.

“That said though there are two other clubs who are now looking for a head coach for next season, so there is going to be a bit of a race here and a little bit of jockeying between the three clubs to get the right guy.”

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