Wests Tigers Sam McIntyre Source: Twitter

Dylan Smith, Sam McIntyre and Thomas Mikaele have been upgraded to the Wests Tigers’ Top 30 NRL squad for the 2019 season.

All three players were part of the Tigers Development squad, which allows players to train full-time with the NRL squad but are not eligible to play first grade.

With their promotion to the Top 30 squad, all three will be eligible for first grade selection in 2019.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe congratulated the trio for their development throughout the season.

“We are pleased to welcome them in to the Top 30 squad now as eligible first-grade players and look forward to seeing them contributing in the future for Wests Tigers,” Pascoe told the West Tigers website. 

“They have all worked extremely hard since arriving at the club last year and have progressed a long way both on and off the field.”

Wests Tigers General Manager of Football Kelly Egan said the trio would be an asset for the club’s NRL squad in the coming season.

“This is an exciting time at Wests Tigers and we’re looking forward to seeing how these three can continue their development and contribute throughout the year,” Egan said.

“Dylan, Sam and Tom each bring something different to the squad, and having another full pre-season under their belts will certainly help them in the season ahead.”


  1. Where is the comment from the Coach that normally accompanies such announcements…..?????…Does he still have his dummy his mouth!

  2. Sick of the Tigers missing out on playing in the finals. Next season is our 20th season as Wests Tigers and have only been in the finals 3 times…not good enough. Time to make them a Western Sydney powerhouse club.

    • What we need to do is build from the bottom up, something I feel Cleary has done, but not so good enough. He’s signed some good players, we’ve improved in our FG squad and reserves but what we are lacking is a real junior system like Penrith, Sharks, Dragons etc. If we can start getting our junior system right, it can go a long way towards our future of the club.

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