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.

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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

2018 Gains
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)
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 (2020), Joseph Vuna (2018)
Off Contract 2019
Blake Ayshford, Jackson Frei, Solomone Kata, Karl Lawton, Issac Luke, Agnatius Paasi, Ligi Sao
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17 COMMENTS

  1. We don’t need any more backs, we need second rowers. If they knew Hiku was close to signing why would be also get Beale?? Yet they will be without Lillyman, Matalino, Hoffman and possibly Thompson. That’s a huge amount of experience in which they have signed Harris and Pulu. They are better off not getting Hiku and signing a couple experienced Aussie forwards. (Tim Grant, Shaun Fensom, Tony Williams)

    On another Note Blake Green would be an absolutely great signing.

    1.RTS
    2.Fusitua
    3.Beale
    4.Kata
    5.Maumalo
    6.Green*
    7.Johnson
    8.Pulu
    9.Luke
    10.Gavet
    11.Harris
    12.Thompson
    13.Mannering

    14.Hingaro
    15.Grant*
    16.Fensom*
    17.Williams*

    18.Vete
    19.Afoa/Pappali

    Realising:
    P Sipley
    Lisone
    Allwood

    • I agree with your statement, to a certain extent. I think depth is good for a squad, and Warriors have plenty in the back. I r8 Hiku more than Beale, so why did they sign Beale. btw Tim Grant recently re-signed with the Tigers.

  2. Kata has been rubbish bro hike be a million times better then him.

    I agree with you about the forwards I have been saying it for years

  3. Green would be a great signing for the warriors, and Johnson. He has been great for us this year he has just been really poor defensively which is what I think has made Manly move him on. Id almost have Warriors in my top 8 with a bloke like Green guiding them around. For Manly its looking likely that we will be getting Moylan, which I think is a great pick up, allows to be a more running footy side which is when we are at our best. Moylan is also a good goal kicker which solves a massive problem for us, and I think DCE will love having that added threat to help pull the side around the park in Moylans ball playing and running game.

    • Moylan would be a excellent signing but he isn’t an organiser which DCE needs, Green does all the dirty stuff while DCE plays to his full potential.

      • Yeah yesterday I thought it was just a rumour but now it sounds like its almost certain and Ill back Baz, if he thinks they can work as a pairing than i back it. Also found out about how he is a goal kicker which is massive. Im cautiously positive of what the pairing could become.

        • where did u hear this? Its only Tigers and Sharks who have been confirmed to go for Moylan. I think it’s basically who wants him the most, and atm Cleary looks most interested and keen. I haven’t heard anything about Manly doe.

        • That’s still wierd to now want him so badly. He is without doubt very skilful and a left sided player, but green works so well cause he is an organiser and does the little things, like most forces drop outs and 5 40/20 that’s what we need, I’ll back Barrett also but think we need other spots fixed before worry bout kicking out a good player e already have. We need front rowed. And more backrowers, Cartwright is rumoured to not be happy he’d be alright.. also I think Moylan is about as good goal kicker as dce is anyways

    • Hahahahahahahaha.

      homosey4346
      September 8, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      Ive heard the rumour, as has Barrett and he denied it. I hope its not true, Moylan is a running fullback/makeshift Five-Eight. DCE plays his best with an organising half e.g. Foran back in the day, Cronk with Australia back in the four nations and now Green. DCE isnt an organiser, hes a running halfback who plays whats in front. Im happy with Green for now id even re sign him for 2019 until a good 6 comes up. Even maybe we go after Sezer next year who is an organiser and a good goal kicker.

      • Cant I have a change in view? Is it illegal, the fact you went to all the trouble to find a comment just to show Ive changed my opinion, im the one laughing at you haha.

        • hahahahahahahahahahaha. The fact you went through all the trouble to reply to me and write that you had a change of opinion. Homosey you probably pour the milk first in to the bowl so your cereal has a soft landing.

  4. The warriors never learn. They really don’t. They signed a 5/8 that was always going home to Sydney, a halfback who since he was given the golden boot has been nothing but useless, took 2 years to get over a broken ankle and he is relied to much on by the forwards. The warriors need to start from scratch and sack their footy department hire some talent and make Michael McGuire coach.

    • Maybe sign some aussie players because half the time the NZ players in the warriors side are “YTB I play for samoa or the kiws.”

  5. Yeah I’m completely over the Warriors approach. Why sign Hiku when you just got Beale. Look at all there past big signings Tomkins, RTS, Hoffman, Luke and Foran not one has played up to there potential. At times we have seen it in RTS but no were to how good he was at the Roosters. And also all the juniors we have got rid off that are huge, Matalino, Packer, Taylor, Ah Mau, Taukeahio, Hurrell, Laumape, Brown, Matagi, Paasi, Lolohea. Yes we can’t keep all of them but if you can see the potential in players why let them leave (Hurrell, Lolohea of late).

    IMO we must get rid of Kearney, he has all the players he wants (kiwi internationals) and on paper we were a top 4 club. His NRL record is pathetic with 18 wins in 67 games and 1 draw. We should sign Des Hasler/Geoff Toovey and if they both decline then Madge. Plus scrap signing all these Kiwi internationals and sign experianced Aussie First Grade Quality Players. The current players we have now are great individuals along with a couple experianced journey men and a new coach we could be a lot better.

  6. Hilarious, they could sign Smith, Cronk, Thurston and Slater and would still be duds. They aren’t going anywhere with Kearney coaching. They need a ruthless coach that will sack as many as is needed to teach them discipline, stop being lazy. Attitude is their biggest issue. They want to be the Harlem Globetrotters not put in the hard yards and the grind.

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