The New Zealand Warriors have been busy in the transfer field this week and their aggressive recruitment looks to continue as two high-profile names are linked to the Auckland club.
The New Zealand international is a great coup for the Warriors, who are now setting their sights on two big names to bolster their squad.
As reported by The Daily Telegraph, Widdop and Lodge could join the Warriors in the back-half of the season and they look to acquire the pair on immediate deals before the August 1 cut-off.
It is understood that the Broncos declined an offer from the Warriors for Lodge to head across the Tasman for the rest of the season only, with a longer deal now reportedly on the cards.
Widdop has expressed his interest to return to the NRL in hope of being closer to his family, who reside in Wollongong.
The Warriors are tipped to tussle with the Canberra Raiders to land the contracted Warrington half, who could make a return down under on a significantly short-priced contract.
The Wolves has expressed interest in acquiring former Raiders halfback George Williams in order to allow Widdop's release, with a deal reportedly imminent.