Paul Momirovski says he wants to be Wests Tigers’ long-term goalkicker


“It was unfortunate how that happened, I would have liked it to go the other way, but it hasn’t really changed my confidence too much,” Momirovski told the Herald.

Paul Momirovski is ready to bounce back with the boot.Credit:AAP

“I back myself to kick them, as any kicker would say. It would have been my first time kicking properly in a game from start to finish, I haven’t had a lot to do in that space.

“But I’m pretty confident with where I’m at.”

The fallout has brought out the best and worst in people. The Bulldogs players put aside their own feelings of relief to immediately console Momirovski after full-time. Social media, however, hasn’t been so kind.

While the majority of Tigers fans have relayed messages of support, a handful have hurled vile abuse. It comes during a week in which a handful of keyboard Warriors have used social media to racially taunted Latrell Mitchell and Blake Ferguson.

“There is no place for it, especially the racial stuff,” said Momirovski, a former teammate of Mitchell’s at the Roosters.

“Obviously I know Latrell and to see that stuff happen, there is no place for it. If you are a professional athlete you are out there in the media and you’re putting yourself out there. That’s the last thing a player should be worrying about. You’re trying to earn a living, do the best you can and make people proud in the fan base.

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“That can’t be happening. It’s not good.”

Asked if he was rocked by abuse directed towards him, Momirovski said: “Not really. I’ve got a good support network and family. The people around me are positive so that stuff doesn’t really affect me too much.

“Whatever people say online is irrelevant. There was a lot of positive and all that stuff outweighs the negative.

“It was [largely] a great response, very positive. Obviously there was some negative there but the positives far outweigh the negatives and shows the Tigers fans are a great bunch of people.”

Momirovski, who scored two tries against the Bulldogs, will retain the kicking duties against the Sea Eagles. The 23-year-old has been working on his craft with assistant coach Brett Hodgson and wants to become the club’s first-choice goalkicker.

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“Definitely. It’s one of those things where I will have another week of more experience kicking,” he said.

“I don’t want to be making up the numbers, I’m hoping to kick well and if the team see me as the kicker and I’m kicking well, that will be my position there hopefully.

“It’s a tough thing to do, let alone in first grade in a pressure situation, and I haven’t had much experience doing it in first grade. I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s something I’ve been doing my whole career and any goalkicker will tell you they’ve kicked them from every spot on the field, you can kick them. It comes down to doing it at that moment and I’m looking forward to getting myself back into that moment.”

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