The New Zealand Warriors are a club with plenty of contract questions to answer on the run to the 2025 season getting underway.

The 2023 preliminary finalists who surprised the NRL have found themselves in a position with 13 spots to fill, but they won't know which way they are realistically getting until they get answers over a number of stars futures.

Will Shaun Johnson and Tohu Harris retire is the biggest question facing the Warriors, but then the lesser questions of salary cap to upgrade and extend the likes of Jackson Ford and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, as well as whether they can retain Luke Metcalf, who is sure to be chased by a number of Australian clubs.

That will all pave the way for the Warriors to understand their state of play, something they aren't going to know on November 1, which could make recruitment quite tough for the Auckland-based outfit, not to mention the usual issue around their location.

That said, in this series, Zero Tackle are running the rule over every club and their top five targets for November 1

Current squad for 2025
Bunty Afoa, Tom Ale, Mitch Barnett, Wayde Egan, Addin Fonua-Blake, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Edward Kosi, Ali Leiataua, Te Maire Martin, Marcelo Montoya, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Marata Niukore, Adam Pompey, Demitric Sifakula, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Ronald Volkman, Dylan Walker

Current best 17 for 2025
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
2. Edward Kosi
3. Adam Pompey
4. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
5. Marcelo Montoya
6. Te Maire Martin
7. Chanel Harris-Tavita
8. Addin Fonua-Blake
9. Wayde Egan
10. Mitch Barnett
11. Marata Niukore
12. Demitric Sifakula
13. Dylan Walker
14. Ali Leiataua
15. Tom Ale
16. Bunty Afoa
17. Ronald Volkman

Players off-contract at end of 2024
Rocco Berry, Jackson Ford, Tohu Harris, Shaun Johnson, Valingi Kepu, Freddy Lussick, Luke Metcalf, Jazz Tevaga, Taine Tuaupiki, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak

Here are five players available to negotiate on November 1 from outside of the club the Storm could target for 2025 and beyond.


4. Jai Arrow

Arrow is a player who has already come up in a number of clubs lists, and the Warriors are another.

The idea of dragging him across the Tasman may be a difficult one, but it's not a bad one if they can talk him into it. Arrow, as we have mentioned a few times in this series, brings an excellent ability to play at lock, prop or in the second-row, making him an incredibly valuable prospect.

NRL Rd 1 - Storm v Rabbitohs

Not only that though, he brings with him experience and a defensive intent like few players in the competition can.

You could make arguments - particularly if Tohu Harris doesn't continue with the Warriors in 2025 - that the Auckland-based club could use upgrades and more depth in all three forward positions, so a player like Arrow makes sense on multiple levels.