Wests Tigers secured a rare win as Panthers star Api Korisau has zero chance of terminating his contract at Concord despite their club’s record-breaking win at the weekend.
Korisau did not watch Saturday’s game as the Tigers were hammered 72-6 by the Roosters in a virtual training session in the last game at the SCG.
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It was a poor effort in what some described as the worst performance in the club’s history, but the struggles on the pitch will have no effect on the hometown club, who are determined to help turn things around.
The 29-year-old has signed a contract for the next two seasons with an option for a third year.
“Everything is fine with me. I have made up my mind that I do not want to go back under any circumstances and I am committed to the decision,” Korisuwa said. NCA NewsWire.
“I didn’t even see what happened on Saturday.
“Honestly, I won’t think too much about them until I get there next year. It’s an on-field thing and they’re having a bit of a problem on the field at the moment, but I’ll worry about that when I get there. “
A lot has changed at the club since Korosawa signed for the Tigers, but the swashbuckler has revealed he hasn’t spoken to incoming manager Tim Sheens since Michael Maguire was suspended a few months ago.
“Michael Maguire called me when he was fired, but nothing since,” he said.
“It’s fine by me because I’m very happy to focus on what I’ve done here. Before anything else, I understand that I have a role to play here.
While Korisau is happy to help the beleaguered club, fellow recruit Isaiah Papalii has cold feet ahead of his departure from Els.
“I haven’t talked to Isaiah,” he said.
“I understand his position. Now he’s a young man trying to make a career move so I can see where he’s coming from.”
Working with younger players is what Corosau is looking forward to after taking on Penrith’s talented rookies and turning his side into a premiership powerhouse.
He said he doesn’t need captaincy to be a good old man, despite his challenge against the Tigers.
“That doesn’t bother me,” he said.
“I understand it’s a big opportunity and it could be a big achievement for some people, but playing that role is not at the forefront of my mind.
“I’m at a point in my career where I’m not trying to do too much. I’m going there to do a job and be a leader, and I think I can do that against the Tigers. I think I can help there and I enjoy this challenge.
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Meanwhile, teammate James Fisher-Harris is set to return for Friday’s game against the Warriors after missing the last two weeks through suspension.
Fisher-Harris has spent the last two weeks pushing him to the limit with Nathan Curry and Jarome Lui, who have missed the past few games.
The game’s top prop said he was delighted and can’t wait to be there when the club get their second JJ Guillermo Shield in three years.
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“I’ve been working every training session and I’ve done some extra work with Nathan and Jarome,” he said, adding that he would be happy to play in the finals in the next two weeks rather than another week off.
“I think the break was a blessing, but I don’t want to make a habit of being suspended too often. The body is thankful for two weeks off but I’m ready to go.