The Tigers could be entombed in distress because the membership hits all-time low, however incoming recruit Api Koroisau has no apprehension about becoming a member of the embattled three way partnership.
Penrith hooker Api Koroisau remains to be trying ahead to becoming a member of the Wests Tigers in 2023 regardless of the membership’s current strugglesKoroisau is the three way partnership’s star recruit for subsequent seasonThe New South Wales Origin rake is having fun with one of the best season of his profession
In reality, whereas Koroisau remains to be completely centered on ending his time with Penrith with one other premiership, he’ll relish the possibility to start out another time.
Koroisau shapes because the Tigers’ star recruit for 2023 and with the membership reeling after a report 72-6 flogging by the Roosters he cannot arrive at Harmony rapidly sufficient.
“I am trying ahead to beginning once more, that there will not be any expectation. It’s going to all be about how laborious are you able to go realizing no person thinks you might be something,” Koroisau mentioned.
“You want that typically. You’ve got inner motivations and driving elements, however when you have got so many exterior ones that speak you down or are unfavorable in direction of you, you should use your ego in that manner.
“You need to use your ego to pump it up, get it up fast. That’ll be an enormous factor for us.”
Whereas the membership’s different main buy for 2023, Parramatta backrower Isaiah Papali’i, has been dogged by rumours of backing out of his deal, Koroisau has repeatedly caught stable to his future membership after signing in November final yr regardless of the Tigers’ struggles.
In an effort to take advantage of his time left with the Panthers, Koroisau has additionally refused to be distracted by his impending transfer.
“I have not thought in regards to the future a lot. I am making an attempt to focus on being current,” Koroisau mentioned.
“I have not apprehensive about it a lot and I do not suppose I’ll.”
The Tigers have a historical past of poor recruitment, however in Koroisau they’re going to be getting one of many competitors’s prime hookers on the peak of his powers.
The 29-year outdated is second amongst dummy halves for strive assists with 13, which isn’t solely a profession excessive however greater than double what he managed in his first two seasons with the Panthers mixed.
Koroisau’s significance to Penrith’s hopes of going again to again have been obvious in current weeks when the membership has been taking part in with out first-choice halves Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai.
The crafty rake was one of the best participant on the sphere in final week’s late win over the Rabbitohs, making a strive for Liam Martin within the dying phases to steal a 26-22 victory that secured the minor premiership for the Panthers.
“We understood what we did incorrect towards Melbourne and we had a number of issues to repair up,” Koroisau mentioned.
“After Jaeman (Salmon) ran the ball I used to be getting over to dummy half and tipped him (Martin) up on the best way by means of.
“It wasn’t deliberate, however you’ll be able to depend on guys like Liam Martin to run laborious. It was solely fourth sort out, so it wasn’t that a lot of of venture.
“We have finished a number of coaching on that, to get that timing. He works actually laborious at his craft.”