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Kaufusi and Simpson staying with Tigers

MORE WORK TO DO: The Waves coach Antonio Kaufusi.
MORE WORK TO DO: The Waves coach Antonio Kaufusi. Matthew McInerney

WITH unfinished business at The Waves, it was an easy decision for Antonio Kaufusi to remain with the Tigers.

Earlier this week the former NRL player re-signed with the team for the next two seasons, along with fellow coach Ashley Simpson.

After taking the team from last in 2015 to a grand final spot, both were happy to sign and commit to the club until the end of 2018.

Kaufusi said there was no reason for him to leave the club.

"When you start something, you want to see it through,” he said.

"We're trying to get it going to the right place and we are not there yet.”

He was pleased with their progress during the year, but Kaufusi said his players couldn't rest if they wanted to keep winning.

"There's still a lot of work to do for Ash and myself,” he said.

"We were pretty happy with what happened and it was a success for us.”

With both coaches committing well before they did last year, they now have time to finalise recruits for next year and also get a reserves and under-18 coach.

Simpson said it was all about making sure they signed players who are dedicated to the club .

"It will be great to hit the ground running in this off-season,” he said.

"We want to build a culture where players want to play for us and it is an enjoyable club to be around.”

Tigers committee member Paul Wessel said it was good to have the duo back.

"We don't want to be one year wonders,” he said.

"We always wanted them to sign for two years and we are pleased to sign them again.”

He said the two signing also started a big off-season for the side.

"We want to start a membership drive where we get supporters to sign-up,” he said.

"We want to engage the community to the club.”

Topics:  antonio kaufusi, bundaberg rugby league, the waves



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