98 matches [1984-1987]
43 wins, 51 losses, 4 draws
Sheens was a skilful forward and club stalwart who at the time of his retirement held the club record for most first grade appearances for the Panthers (166).
Mostly at the behest of his former team mates, he was recruited as coach for the 1984 season. Instilling increased levels of professionalism, the transformation of the club’s fortunes were almost instantaneous, coming of age in 1984 and finally achieving a maiden finals appearance in 1985.
Results in the following 2 years were mixed, and later moved on to Canberra.
Sheens has become one of the longest serving coaches in the game, winning premierships at Canberra and later at the Wests Tigers, as well as being at North Queensland, and currently at Hull KR in the English Super League. He has also had stints with New South Wales (1991) and was the Australian coach from 2009 to 2015.
An interesting side note was that he was reportedly short listed as a candidate to return to the Panthers coaching role for the 2012 season. That role was ultimately awarded to Ivan Cleary. In 2023 he is returning to the Wests Tigers as head coach for two years.
Last updated 8 December 2022