Legend of Wests Tigers farewell

Legend of Wests Tigers farewell
Legend of Wests Tigers farewell

He wa named in the Wests Tigers Team of the Century

Paul Sironen has been associated with the Tigers for over thirty years, but that period is finally ended as the legend departs the team.

Sironen began his playing career in the lower divisions of Balmain. He joined the Balmain Tigers in 1985 and played in 246 games for the team between 1985 and 1998. In 1998, he was selected for the Wests Tigers Team of the Century.

As a result, he participated in back-to-back Grand Finals in 1988 and 1989 and left his mark on the squad alongside Steve Roach, Wayne Pearce, Benny Elias, and Garry Jack.

Mostly a back rower or front row player, Sironen managed 14 games for New South Wales and 21 Tests for Australia.

The 58-year-old would stay at the club for the next 20 years in a variety of capacities, such as pathways manager and board member.

“This is really nice, and I couldn’t think of a better way to say farewell,” Sironen stated on the club’s website.

The club asked me what I might like as a farewell gift, and this is exactly what I wanted. I’ve had some great times at this club over about three decades and we have formed some lifelong friendships.

“It’s been a huge part of my family’s life and who I am as a person but it’s time for a change. We’re relocating to the NSW North Coast and very much looking forward to the next phase in life.

“I’ll get to as many games as I can and obviously the Tigers will always be a part of who I am.”

“He’s had a profound influence on our club both on and off the field and his contributions will continue to resonate for years to come,” Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said at Leichhardt Oval on Friday.

“We wish Paul and his family all the happiness in the world in their next phase of life.

” Approximately 100 friends, former teammates, and colleagues gathered in the Chairman’s Lounge at Leichhardt last Friday to bid farewell to the legend.

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