The Warriors are looking to re-sign off-contract forward Jazz Tevaga as three rival clubs circle, as reported by the NZ Herald.
Is it understood that the 22-year old is keen to remain in New Zealand, however, he knocked back their initial contract offer to test his value on the open market.
“The club offered me a contract that I turned down initially,” Tevaga told the NZ Herald.
“The coin wasn’t where I wanted it to be but we’ve got a lot of big signings at the club and they take up a big portion of the salary cap.
“There’s a lot of things to weigh up at the moment. I’m just trying to focus on my game week to week and not think about that stuff but it’s pretty hard not to.”
Tevaga’s management has begun discussions with the Warriors, while the three rival clubs, including one Sydney team, have yet to table formal offers.
“I would love to stay at the Warriors but if things don’t work out I might have to make the move across the ditch,” Tevaga said.
“It’s up in the air. If it happens (in the next couple of weeks), it happens.
“I’m just trying to concentrate on my footy and play well and hopefully carry that on into the finals and I can sort that contract stuff out later.”
Tevaga is focused on continuing his strong vein of form, playing 18 games off the bench and proving a reliable replacement for injured hooker Issac Luke.
Warriors general manager of football was confident that a deal with Tevaga would be struck soon.
“(Recruitment manager) Peter (O’Sullivan) has been in some pretty heavy dealings with his manager over the last few weeks but it will hopefully come to a conclusion very soon,” Smith told NZ Herald.
“The fact negations are still going on suggests there is still some middle ground there.
“Stephen is very hopeful as well that we can not only reach an agreement but do it pretty quickly.
“I know Jazz is keen to stay and we’re keen to keep him again and it’s just a matter of establishing that price.”