New Zealand Warriors star winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is reportedly weighing up a switch in international allegiances after it has been confirmed he will not represent New Zealand in the Pacific Championships.
The 2023 Dally M Winger of the Year is coming off his best season to date, recording 24 tries in 20 games and seeing the Warriors make the preliminary final - 80 minutes away from reaching their third-ever NRL Grand Final.
This is due to two reasons.
The first will see the winger require minor surgery in the hope of returning to full fitness by the time pre-season training begins for the 2024 season. The second is that he could remain on the field but represent Mate Ma'a Tonga instead, with Peters confirming both options are viable.
"He's a wonderful bloke," Peters told Newshub.
"That's one of the wonderful things about rugby league.
"Players will make their decisions, factoring in their family links, culture and things they should be considering.
"Dallin is at that stage where he wants to pursue that, and we respect that."
Watene-Zelezniak is eligible to represent Tonga through his grandmother, however he has already represented the New Zealand Kiwis in 13 tests between 2016-2022. This includes captaining the team for their end-of-year tour to England in 2018.