NRL Rd 1 - Warriors v Titans
GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13: Chanel Harris-Tavita of the Warriors during the round one NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium, on March 13, 2021, in Gosford, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Chanel Harris-Tavita has reportedly sought interest from rival clubs as he falls out of favour at the Warriors ahead of the 2022 season.

The 22-year-old playmaker is out of contract at the end of the year and is yet to be offered an extension at the club, with reports suggesting that his management has sent a letter to opposition clubs to assess their interest in the 37-gamer.

“Harris-Tavita’s manager sent an email out to clubs last week,” The Daily Telegraph’s Brent Read revealed on Triple M. 

“He has sort of been on the outer there a little bit in the past year or so.

“They haven’t offered him a new deal. He looks like he will play fullback in Round 1 with Reece Walsh out.

NRL Rd 1 - Warriors v Titans
GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13: Chanel Harris-Tavita of the Warriors during the round one NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium, on March 13, 2021, in Gosford, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

“He is a good versatile player so I’m sure he will find some interest elsewhere. He is too good to be on the scrap heap.

“He is a good enough player to get a start somewhere else. It is strange because he has done a pretty serviceable job there when he has got the chance.

“I’m sure someone will look to pick him up.”

Harris-Tavita made his debut in 2019 after an impressive junior campaign. His rookie year, in which he played 13 matches, saw him score two tries and three try assists.

Benji Marshall agreed with Read's assessment, saying that the 22-year-old should look at other options around the competition.

“They have signed four halves so there is obviously not a spot for him to fit in there,” Marshall said.

“If I was him I would be looking for somewhere else to go as well.

“If I was looking for someone to control a game. Halves and good halves are hard to come by these days so he is definitely someone you would be looking at.

“But worrying signs from the Warriors as well.”

The Warriors will get their season underway on Saturday March 12 against the Dragons on the Sunshine Coast.

1 COMMENT

  1. I am scratching my head wondering why he has decided this NOW.
    The writing has been on the wall for some time. Even if he could not see it, his manager should have taken him aside and quietly told him where he stood.

    If he had made the decision a couple of months ago, and acted then, he could have been lining up in the run-on side for Newcastle this season.

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