Shaun Berrigan’s chances of staying with the Warriors beyond this season have taken a knock after the club decided not to take up an option on him for 2012.
The 32-year-old, who joined the Warriors from English Super League club Hull in the off-season, initially signed for one year.
His contract also included an option that the Warriors could extend his stay by an extra season. They had until round 13 to make that decision and opted against offering him a new deal.
Berrigan’s contract still includes another option that if he plays 20 games this season he will automatically earn another one-year deal.
But given he missed three games earlier in the season with a hand injury, he won’t reach the 20-game mark for 2011 until round 25, providing he stays fit and is selected every week.
Club CEO Wayne Scurrah confirmed last night the Warriors had decided not to exercise the round 13 option but maintained they were “keeping an open mind” about the former Aussie international.