AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 05: Mafoa'aeata Hingano of the Warriors makes a break during the round one NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Newcastle Knights at Mt Smart Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Ata Hingano is set to join a rival club after being granted a release by the Warriors.

Warriors fans were celebrating yesterday with news that captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck had knocked back approaches from New Zealand Rugby and other NRL clubs to re-sign on a four-year deal.

That elation soon turned sour though with news that Hingano has been granted a release from the club and would be moving on.

Stuck behind Kieran Foran last year, Hingano patiently waited for his shot at first grade but when news broke that the Warriors had signed veteran Blake Green to partner Shaun Jonhson this year, his time at the Auckland-based club was always numbered.

Reports suggest that Hingano will sign with the Canberra Raiders on a two-year deal. If true, it seems like Hingano will be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

The Raiders have just as much a logjam in the halves as the Warriors. In fact, perhaps more so, with Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer and Sam Williams all vying for a starting position.

Austin and Sezer are both off contract at the end of 2018 though, so a strong showing from Hingano could potentially see one of them not offered a new contract going forward.

Hingano has played 15 games for the Warriors and was also a key member of the Tongan team for the Rugby League World Cup.


  1. manly should sign him , they don’t even have a full 30 squad , or is that because they are dealing with some sort of salary issue?
    i dunno why he would go to the raiders

  2. I think the warriors had plans if RTS did not resign to move SJ to FB and have Hingano and Green at halves for the long term. Or maybe Lino has jumped ahead in the pecking order and they already have talented youngsters in Harris-Tavita and Dylan Tavita.

  3. Very good acquisition Sticky! We need to make Austin and Sezer play for their position.

    Unfortunately yet again he does not bring that solitary X factor we need but let’s hope he can grow into a Shaun Johnson mould.

  4. Made no sense to join the raiders wanted out due to being behind to many halves
    Yet signs with a club with a thousand halves should of tried Manly or the Broncos
    Clubs with a lack of first grade halves

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