The Warriors are set to make a huge play as they target Brisbane halfback Kodi Nikorima in an attempt to fix the problems they have encountered in the halves. According to a media report, the Warriors look to make a bid to sign the 25-year-old Nikorima in the next 48 hours.
“Nikorima has been made aware of the Warriors’ poaching bid and would be devastated at the thought of leaving a Broncos club that has groomed him for the NRL since his teen years in Brisbane’s under-20s ranks,” The Courier Mail said.
“Broncos coach Anthony Seibold is developing young halfbacks Sean O’Sullivan, Tom Dearden, Cory Paix and Tanah Boyd, raising the possibility Brisbane could send Nikorima back to the bench as a No.14 super-sub next season.”
Under NRL rules, the Warriors are unable to directly approach Nikorima in regards to an immediate move. They can, however, seek a release from Brisbane, only if he signs a long term deal. And so, whilst Kodi Nikorima has a contract with Brisbane until the end of 2020, the New Zealand international can effectively become a free agent at the end of the season.
The Warriors are desperate for an experienced playmaker after the loss of Shaun Johnson to Cronulla as well as an injury to Blake Green, sees Warriors coach Stephen Kearney resort to playing Gerard Beale, Peta Hiku and Tohu Harris out of position. Nikorima could the the saving grace for the Warriors halves crisis.