AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 30: Ryan Hoffman of the Warriors chats to teammate Ben Matulino during the round nine NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Sydney Roosters at Mt Smart Stadium on April 30, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)
The Warriors have confirmed twelve players who won’t be returning to the club in 2018.
The club held their
annual awards ceremony last night and revealed a number of players who would not be playing for the New Zealand club in 2018.
It had been well documented that Kieran Foran (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Ben Matulino (Wests Tigers), Charlie Gubb (Canberra Raiders) and Toafofoa Sipley (Manly Sea Eagles) are all leaving the club to take up new deals with rival NRL clubs next season.
These players follow the departures of Tuimoala Lolohea (Wests Tigers), Erin Clark (Canberra Raiders) and Manu Vatuvei (Salford Red Devils) who left the club mid-season.
It was also common knowledge that veteran forwards Ryan Hoffman and Jacob Lillyman would not be re-signed by the club.
This has now been confirmed though with Ofahiki Ogden, Matthew Allwood and Bodene Thompson also joining them on the list of departing players from the club.
Ogden is believed to have signed with the Bulldogs for 2018 but there has been no official confirmation from either club.
New Zealand Warriors 2018 Player Movements
2018 Gains Gerard Beale ( Cronulla Sharks, 2020), Adam Blair ( Brisbane Broncos, 2021), Manaia Cherrington ( Cronulla Sharks, 2018), Anthony Gelling ( Wigan Warriors, 2020), Blake Green ( Manly Sea Eagles, 2020), Tohu Harris ( Melbourne Storm, 2021), Peta Hiku ( Penrith Panthers, 2020), Karl Lawton ( Gold Coast Titans, 2019), Matiu Love-Henry ( Brisbane Broncos, 2018), Agnatius Paasi ( Gold Coast Titans, 2019), Leivaha Pulu ( Gold Coast Titans, 2020), Zac Santo ( Canberra Raiders, 2018) 2018 Losses Matthew Allwood (released), Erin Clark, Bureta Faraimo ( Hull FC), Kieran Foran ( Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Charlie Gubb ( Canberra Raiders), Ata Hingano ( Canberra Raiders), Ryan Hoffman ( Melbourne Storm), Jacob Lillyman ( Newcastle Knights), Tuimoala Lolohea ( Wests Tigers), Ben Matulino ( Wests Tigers), Ofahiki Ogden ( Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Toafofoa Sipley ( Manly Sea Eagles), Bodene Thompson ( Leigh Centurions), Manu Vatuvei ( Salford Red Devils) Re-Signed Blake Ayshford (2019), James Gavet (2020), Shaun Johnson (2021), Mason Lino (2020), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (2020), Nathaniel Roache (2020), Ligi Sao (2019), Patrick Sipley (2018), Lewis Soosemea (2018), Albert Vete (2019), Joseph Vuna (2018) Off Contract 2019 Blake Ayshford, Karl Lawton, Issac Luke, Agnatius Paasi, Ligi Sao
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