Penrith Emus coach Sateki Tu’ipulotu has announced he is leaving the club after three seasons.
Regarded as one of the toughest jobs in Australian sport, Tu’ipulotu joined the Emus in 2013 with hopes he could turn the battling club around.
While he may have only led the Emus to a handful of victories in his three year tenure, it was his commitment and dedication to the club that he’ll most be remembered for.
“As head coach of the last three years it has been very challenging and an experience that has made me a stronger person and a better coach,” he said.
“I would like to thank a lot of people who have endured countless hours, time and effort in making a pathway for the talented players of the west.”
In September, the Emus announced that former Wallaby Jeremy Paul was joining the Emus coaching staff to coach alongside Tu’ipulotu in the Shute Shield. However, with Tu’ipulotu now gone, it appears Paul will now fly solo for the upcoming 2016 season.
Nathan Taylor is the Western Weekender’s award-winning sports journalist. Nathan is also the Weekender’s Deputy Editor.