by Shane Jones
LEAGUE: New Western Suburbs president Tyson Whaleboat is confident the Panthers will be roaring for plenty of years to come, despite recent financial struggles.
Whaleboat took over from Corey Tanner for the job on Sunday after Corey stated he couldn't take the club further.
In an impassioned plea on the club's Facebook page last week, Corey revealed the club was struggling with sponsorship and paying the bills.
He wanted someone to take over and put the club in the right position for the future.
Whaleboat said he was the man for the job and steps are being taken to address it.
"I can't confirm it just yet but a long-term partnership could be just around the corner,” he said.
"The club needs to be financially stable for the future.”
Whaleboat said he took the role on for a few reasons.
"I wanted to bring in a bit of youth, I've got a few different ideas,” he said.
"One of them is a connection with juniors to the senior team.”
By this time next year both teams - Wests and West juniors - will be under the one umbrella, according to Whaleboat.
"My vision is to nurture juniors to seniors.
"We don't look elsewhere to poach players, we have enough here,” he said.
"I also want to create pathways.
"I want players to go off and pursue higher opportunities but keep the club strong for those that stay.”
Whaleboat said there would also be changes at the senior ranks with Nathan Tanner stepping down as A-Grade coach and Corey coming in with another coach to be named shortly.
The president confirmed Nathan would stay at the club in a mentor role, to assist the new coaches.
The team starts training for next season later this year.