GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: Agnatius Paasi of the Titans is tackled by the Bulldogs defence during the round 25 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Cbus Super Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

The Warriors are on the cusp of signing Agnatius Paasi with the barnstorming Gold Coast forward seeking a release to return to New Zealand on compassionate grounds.

Paasi is currently contracted to the Gold Coast Titans until the end of 2018 but the Gold Coast Bulletin is reporting that the club has been in talks with his manager about a release.

“Nothing’s been formalised but discussions go on,” the Titans source said.

“We’re keen to keep him, we really don’t want to let him go. But when it comes down to (family), we try to work with players.”

The Warriors have reportedly tabled a two-year deal for Paasi should he be granted the release.

Paasi could be the second Titans player to head to the Warriors next season, with Leivaha Pulu starting a three-year deal with the New Zealand club in 2018.

With the club losing veteran forwards of Ryan Hoffman, Ben Matulino and Jacob Lillyman next season, the addition of Paasi would add some healthy competition for spots in the Warriors pack, with fellow new signings Adam Blair, Tohu Harris and Pulu.

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