Walters firms as top Tiger but happy to ride out Storm

KEVIN Walters is firming as favourite to succeed Tim Sheens as coach of the Wests Tigers.

While 2012 Tigers assistant coach Matt Parish was favourite in recent betting markets, Ipswich Jets chairman Steve Johnson claimed it was a race between Walters and former NSW fullback Michael Potter.

Johnson said as much at the Ipswich Jets presentation night at the North Ipswich Reserve last Friday night.

But Walters - one of Ipswich's favourite sons - maintains he knows no more about his prospects than the general public.

Walters expects a decision to be made later this week.

If he doesn't land the job, Walters said he was more than happy to carry on at the Melbourne Storm where he is assistant coach to Craig Bellamy.

And why wouldn't he after the Storm claimed the 2012 National Rugby League grand final?

"It was really satisfying," Walters said.

"To get through and win it was a tremendous effort.

"You need a lot of things to go right.

"I think the coaching staff got it right and we had a bit of luck on the day, with the Bulldogs making a few errors."

Walters is confident he is ready to step into the head coaching role at an NRL club, having served apprenticeships under two of the sport's most successful coaches - Wayne Bennett and Bellamy.

"It's been a good progression for me," the former Booval Swifts junior said.

"I had four or five years at the Broncos (under Bennett).

"Then I was on my own (coaching Catalans Dragons in the UK Super League).

"Then back to the Storm.

"It has been an accumulation of events and the last couple of years have been very good.

"They do things very well at the Storm. It's been a great couple of years for me and I'd be happy to stay on."

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