After 12 rounds the Warriors again look set to fight for a top-eight spot. In saying that, they don't look capable of finishing any higher than eighth, maybe seventh if they go on a run.

A large factor in their recent good form has been young superstar recruit Reece Walsh. His arrival has completely reset the attack for the Warriors and has made them a far better side.

With captain and legend Roger Tuivasa-Sheck exiting the code at the end of the 2021 season, the Warriors will need to head into the player market to deliver the missing pieces.

Below is a look at five players I believe they SHOULD target. I don't have any inside information nor do I know if these players are even on the club's radar. In my opinion they should be.

I've tried to keep it realistic, i.e. I'm not suggesting the Warriors try and bring Cameron Smith out of retirement.

Let us know below who you believe would look good in the Warriors jersey for 2022 and beyond.

2. Reuben Garrick

David Fusitu'a and Ken Maumalo were once one of the most feared wing combinations in the game. Both are massive, frighteningly fast and can score tries for fun. Unfortunately that's not so true right now.

Maumalo does have five tries in ten games, however three of those came in a huge loss to the Storm, while he's gone three games without crossing the line since.

Meanwhile, Fusitu'a has yet to score in five appearances and hasn't been sighted since round five due to injury.

Perhaps it's time for a change. I still don't completely hate the idea of 'the Fus' moving into the centres, especially with Peta Hiku leaving the club at the end of the season.

Garrick has been told he can look elsewhere by Manly despite some incredible form. The 23-year-old has seven tries and is converting at 80% for Manly across 12 games.

He's promising, quick, can kick and suits the tall, athletic wing type the Warriors have enjoyed for so many years. Surely he wouldn't break the bank. Makes a lot of sense now that Manly look to be moving on.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 04: Reuben Garrick of the Sea Eagles kicks of to start the round eight NRL match between the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Lottoland on May 04, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

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  1. Warriors supporter and I like some of the takes here. I seen the Garrick noise last week, apparently Manly aren’t that interested. I’d love to get Garrick, he’s tall, fast and can kick goals. Maumalo and Fusitua aren’t quick enough, both poor in defence and frankly overpaid. Garrick would save you a couple hundred thousand and upgrade the kicking.

    The Aaron Woods take I think is actually really good. He’s only 30, 6’4 and 110+kgs. 200+ NRL games experience, 14 NSW Caps, 18 test match caps, previously a Tigers captain, former Dally M Prop of the year and runner up to Thurston for the player of the season. He’s out of favour and seems like little interest in him next year. He has a good work rate in both taking carries, making metres and making tackles. He hasn’t been at his best for a long time now, needs to clean up his discipline too, but there’s no doubt he would be an upgrade over the likes of Tanoa-Brown or Evans.

    Surprised you didn’t mention the obvious like Shaun Johnson or Brandon Smith. (Both players I would love to have) Personally I would love for the Warriors to throw Johnson a 2 year deal. He’s not the same player as he used to be either but he’s a lot better than CHT or Nikorima. He’s got a underrated kicking game, decent running game when he chooses and he links really well with his second rowers. He’s got leadership skills and ball skills he could teach the young guys and would just be a great seeing him back with a good forward pack.

    In: Johnson, Woods and Garrick
    Out: OSullivan, Maumalo and Evans

    1. Walsh
    2. Fusitua
    3. Aiken
    4. Pompey
    5. Garrick
    6. Nikorima
    7. Johnson
    8. Woods
    9. Egan
    10. AFB
    11. Curran
    12. Harris
    13. Teveaga

    14. Sironen
    15. Ah Mau
    16. Afoa/JTB
    17. BMM/Murchie/Katoa

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