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.

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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.


  1. I hope the Warriors and the NRL are prepared to lose RTS to union in 2019. The warriors ruined his career and should been ashamed of themselves. You could argue back in 2015 that RTS was the best fullback in the world at the time. But now look at him .. he’ll be a gun in union and will probably go down as the best fullback in all blacks history. Expect to see him running a muck in the Auckland Blues jersey and remember, you heard it here first!!!

    • Ruined his career? Do you even watch the warriors, he’s the bestimate on the park most games mate, not his fault every other player in the warriors are over paid, unprofessional losers, mannering not inclused. Unless Roger wants to get paid half of what he is now he’s not going to new Zealand rugby mate u got no idea.
      if ur implying ur career will be ruined by going to the warriors, I’m 95 percent sure that James Maloney and Chad Townsend would tell you different, and I’m sure he could bounce back at another club Adam Blair managed too

      • I’d have RTS in a heartbeat at dragons, he would shine at most other clubs. Come on RTS you need a change of scenery.

  2. When fully fit, both Paasi and Pulu were stand outs for the Titans, really good impact players off the bench,
    I wish them well, however, two more ‘kiwi bro’s’ playing in an already bad-cultured team…. good luck. They will become nothing more than inconsistent reserve grade players, much like the rest of the warriors squad.

  3. I don’t know. Parts of me agrees with what you are saying, but there is another part that says, he’s a good signing and may do a crap load better next year. Or maybe it’s just me hoping.

    • I’m a kiwi myself, born in Taupo and grew up in Auckland. I moved to the gold coast in 2007, and hence I supported the Titans from the get go. Warriors are still my second team though. But I tell you what, I get sick of them! We all know that this year, the Warriors had one of best teams on paper. For some unknown reason though, they can’t produce the results. Every year I do get my hopes up that maybe this is the Warriors year, and maybe it will finally click into gear, but nope, let down yet again. A big clean out needs to happen, starting from the top, and working it’s way down until they reach the players.
      IMO kearney is not the right man for the job, he made the team too structured this year. The Warriors strength has always been their offloads and 2nd phase play which SJ and RTS thrive off. We got big Kiwi boys that could easily smash it up the middle and most of the backs could easily step around every man and his dog, but they aren’t motivated to do so, which think that is the coaches fault.

  4. I honestly don’t understand the constant signings by the Warriors of players who are homesick, or want to return home for compassionate reasons. Surely they can see that this might be part of the overall problem at the club. Too many players going back into their comfort zone and ultimately getting too comfortable with their situation, which affects their attitude and form…

  5. speaking as a warriors fan – after another season of crap and loosing mutts, lillyman, hoffman, and bodene…..I’ll take it.
    Not a lot of quality left on the market, and Paasi showed signs of becoming a powerhouse last year. Not super-excited, but as I said: I’ll take it.

  6. Undecided on this signing. I think by adding Blair Pulu and Paasi the coaching staff believe the forward will be like the “good Ol days”. But other the Mannering, who is actually going to put in the work on defence. Instead of spending all this money on big aggressive forwards and “homesick” players. Why didn’t they spend a little more like the Knights and get some proper first grade players. Ive have been happy to sign 3 smart journeymen/veterans and a couple stars like Blake Green, James Graham and maybe 1 aggressive forward like Paasi.

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