AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 29: Patrick Herbert runs through drills during a Warriors NRL training session at Mount Smart Stadium on April 29, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

The future of Warriors pair Bunty Afoa and Patrick Herbert remains unclear as the club continues to off-load their squad for the preparation of the 2021 season, reports stuff.co.nz.

Afoa has been told by the Warriors that he is free to negotiate with rival clubs, with the 23-year-old having missed the entire 2020 season due to an ACL injury and now being available for a move across the Tasman.

The Warriors prop is unlikely to find minutes in the senior squad for next season, with the best interest for both the club and Afoa to go their separate ways a year prior to his contract’s expiry.

Out-of-contract Herbert will be playing for his future for the remainder of the current season as the Auckland-based club weigh up their options for life after 2020.

It is understood that the Warriors are yet to decide on whether to offer the outside back an extension, with the 23-year-old already battling a hamstring injury.

Herbert sustained the injury at training on Tuesday and will miss this week’s clash against the Bulldogs on Sunday.

While he has impressed with three tries in his last two weeks, Herbert will hope the club are less focused on his poor run of form in the first half of the season.

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Letting Afoa go would be such a huge mistake and he would definitely make them regret that decision in the future. Just wait and see someone grab him and he becomes the next “one that got away”

  2. The dragons would be silly not to sign Herbert.. seeing as they developed him. Aiken & Lafai gone.. still got williame.. he’s a quality 3rd center/wing. U could be right “warriors great” about Bunty.. but it won’t be for a NRL top8 team.. if he wants to starting 17 spot he’ll have to go to SuperLeague. Don’t get me wrong, Bunty awesome player to watch .. but who would he put out of a spot @ the 2020 warriors 17? Ah Mau..Paasi.. Murdoch-Masala & Hetherington ?

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