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NRL: Tamou wants Ciraldo on board

Wests Tigers captain James Tamou is hoping Cameron Ciraldo will become the new coach of the club following the departure of Michael Maguire this week.

The Tigers were out to make the top eight this season but are a long way off after picking up just three wins so far this season.

Maguire axed

The poor form over the opening 12 games, resulted in Maguire finally losing his job this week and the search is now on for his replacement.

Ciraldo is a man in demand. He is currently assistant coach at the Penrith Panthers but will one day make the step up to being head coach in his own right.

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Tamou knows Ciraldo well from his time with the Panthers. He believes Ciraldo has been key to the Panthers success over the last few years and thinks the Tigers need to move quickly to try and get him on board.

The perfect storm

"That would be unreal for Ciro," Tamou told channel 9. "I love the Tigers and I love Ciro, and for that to come together, it would be the perfect storm. He will definitely get a head coaching role. He's built that (at Penrith), coming through the junior system.

"I'd love for him to come to the Tigers, and I guess (Tigers football boss Tim Sheens) and the team are doing everything they can."

There will be no shortage of interest though as the Canterbury Bulldogs and New Zealand Warriors are also in the hunt for a new coach. And Ciraldo will be on their radar also.

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