TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15: Tohu Harris of the Warriors runs the ball during the round 15 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the New Zealand Warriors at 1300SMILES Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Following the shock news of club captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s move to Rugby Union, the New Zealand Warriors have reportedly offered veteran forward Tohu Harris a lengthy extension.

According to NRL.com reporter Dan Walsh, the veteran back-rower is said to be close to inking a three-year extension with the Mt. Smart-based club.

Although the Warriors are said to have offered Melbourne Storm half Jahrome Hughes a tantalising package to return home across the ditch, the Kiwi club is still prioritising Harris’ signature.

The financial figure attached to Harris’ proposed deal is yet to be made public, but as Tuivasa-Sheck is one of the league’s top earners, it would be safe to assume that the Kiwi forward’s bottom line will be boosted.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 16: Tohu Harris of the Warriors makes a break during the round 1 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Mt Smart Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/2019 Getty Images)

The extension will keep the Kiwi international in the shaky isles until the end of 2024, by which time he will be 32-years-old.

Currently 29, Harris is without doubt one of the older heads on the Warrior’s roster and after cutting his teeth with an impressive Melbourne Storm outfit prior to 2018, is said to be the frontrunner to replace Tuivasa-Sheck as captain.

With Tuivasa-Sheck, the 2018 Dally M Player of the Year, exiting his contract early in an effort to secure an All Blacks jersey, the Warriors and new coach Nathan Brown have a veritable war chest to attack the player market with.

Although set to depart at season’s end, Tuivasa-Sheck has been included in the Warriors’
squad to face the Gold Coast in Saturday’s trial match at Lismore.