The Warriors are close to announcing the signing of Peta Hiku, while also pursuing Blake Green to partner Shaun Johnson in the halves.
Stuff.co.nz is reporting that Super League side Warrington will grant Peta Hiku a release from the remaining two years of his contract to allow the Kiwi international to link up with the New Zealand NRL side.
It’s understood Hiku has agreed to terms and both clubs are just finalising the release.
The versatile Hiku can play any position in the backline, with that majority of his matches at club level being either on the wing or at centre. Hiku has also played three games at five-eighth for Kiwis.
Earlier this week, the Warriors announced the signing of Gerard Beale from the Cronulla Sharks. Beale and Hiku are quite similar players in terms versatility, with both playing multiple positions.
It’s expected that Beale will be earmarked for one of the centre positions in 2018 but the competition across the outside backs will be healthy for the club.
The signing spree doesn’t stop there though, with reports the Warriors are also looking at Manly Sea Eagles five-eighth Blake Green.
The NZHerald.co.nz reports that although Green has a year left on his contract with the Sea Eagles, he’s eager to secure his future long-term.
The Warriors are reportedly offering him a three-year deal, with Green seen as a more than capable replacement for the outgoing Kieran Foran.
New Zealand Warriors 2018 Player Movements
Gerard Beale (Cronulla Sharks, 2020), Adam Blair (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), 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)
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)
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 (2020), Joseph Vuna (2018)
|Off Contract 2019|
Blake Ayshford, Jackson Frei, Solomone Kata, Karl Lawton, Issac Luke, Agnatius Paasi, Ligi Sao