Tigers name squads

WESTS Tigers coach Mick Potter has announced the two squads for the opening NRL trial matches against Penrith and Parramatta on Saturday, at 7.30pm.

The match against Penrith is at Kirkham Park, Camden, while the squad to play Parramatta will travel to Alice Springs.

The crowd in south-west Sydney will see Robbie Farah, Braith Anasta and local junior James Tedesco play against the Panthers.

New recruits Blake Austin, Martin Taupau, Keith Lulia and Cory Paterson will take the field in Wests Tigers' colours for the first time, along with returning players Dene Halatau and Pat Richards.

Alice Springs will also see their fair share of NRL squad members for the match against Parramatta, including Ben Murdoch-Masila, Jack Buchanan and Ava Seumanufagai, plus also getting the first chance to see recruit former Bulldogs and Souths centre Yileen Gordon in action.

Potter said both trials were crucial in getting a gauge on his team's preparation.

"I'm looking forward to the first trials of the new year and we've put together strong squads for both games," Potter said.

"I'm looking for players with attitude, players that want to build pressure on the opposition. I'm looking for aggression, looking for that attitude that winners have.

"The squad for the trial in Camden provides a good mix of experience, youth and new recruits.

"I'm looking forward to getting back out to Camden and meeting some old friends, I can't wait to see the locals fill the ground and provide a great atmosphere."

Potter, now 50, went to St Gregorys College, Campbelltown, and was signed as a schoolboy, joining the Bulldogs in 1983.

The squad to play Penrith is: Braith Anasta, Blake Austin, Adam Blair, Robbie Farah, Asipeli Fine, James Gavet, Dene Halatau, Marika Koroibete, Chris Lawrence, Keith Lulia, Mitchell Moses, David Nofoaluma, Cory Paterson, Pat Richards, Kurtis Rowe, Curtis Sironen, Martin Taupau, James Tedesco, Bodene Thompson, Aaron Woods.

The squad against Parramatta is: Sitaleki Akauola, Sonny Bristow, Corey Brown, Jack Buchanan, Michael Bullock, Jarred Farlow, Andy Fiagatusa, Yileen Gordon, Jy Hitchcox, Sam Hollis, Inno Innosesio, Joel Luani, Allan McGrath, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Ava Seumanufagai, Setefano Taukafa, Nathan Waters, Luke Williams.

Details: weststigers.com.au.

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