Seve bides his time as he sharpens skills


Wests Tigers Holden Cup player Marion Seve. Picture: Wests Tigers

Wests Tigers Holden Cup player Marion Seve. Picture: Wests Tigers

He is one of Wests Tigers' brightest prospects but his under-20s coach Brett Kimmorley has urged the club to be patient with the young cub.

While Marion Seve will join the first-grade squad from next year, he is already a member of an elusive group.

In 2013, the centre was awarded the Peter Sterling Medal for the best player in the GIO Schoolboy Cup.

Previous winners of the medal include Sterling himself, Greg Alexander, Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor and Adam Reynolds.

Despite the hype, Kimmorley has warned against throwing him into first grade too quickly.

"Reserve grade ready maybe, but that's where people get it a bit wrong," he said. "Not too many players can go straight from the under-20s into first grade. He played a bit of NSW Cup and handled it pretty well but we need to be patient with him and not throw him up too early.

"I think he's a great runner of the football and has strength is his leg speed," he said.

"I hold him in high regard."

The man himself acknowledges he still has areas to work on.

"I think my defence, most of all," Seve said.

"I've been working hard on improving my tackling this year, but I still need to improve in that area."

When it comes to seeking advice, there is no shortage of options at Wests Tigers.

"A few players have helped me along the way — in particular James Tedesco and Chris Lawrence," he said. "Chris gave me really good advice during the preseason and he helped both Watson [Heleta] and I a lot.

"We are the younger outside backs at the club, so he used to tell us things like get involved at training and don't be shy — just rip in."

One of the club's strengths is its centres with David Nofoaluma and Tim Simona holding mortgages on both spots, when healthy.

Seve knows it will be tough to force his way into first grade, but he hopes it doesn't come at the expense of one of his idols.

"Tim Simona, I love the way he plays the game and runs the football.

"He's one of the players that I have tried to learn from and watch the way he plays closely.

"It would be a dream come true to play alongside Tim, hopefully I get that chance one day.

"I would love to get a spot and earn the opportunity to play NRL sometime down the track."