New Zealand Warriors match-winner Krisnan Inu was secretly shopped around to rival NRL clubs at the Dally M Awards – just 10 nights before producing a miracle try to put them into the grand final qualifier.
The Sunday Telegraph can reveal that Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah approached officials from rival clubs looking to offload the enigmatic $250,000-a-season centre, at rugby league’s night of nights.
But as the former Parramatta Eels flyer scored his 78th-minute try to end Wests Tigers’ season last Friday night, Scurrah was doing some schmoozing of a different kind.
This time, he was inside the NRL’s corporate box at the SFS, celebrating the comeback win alongside Inu’s agent Isaac Moses.
Scurrah was coy when asked about the club’s recent attempts to move Inu on with two years to run on his contract.
“No, I’ve heard that too, but no. Krisnan is a contracted player for the next two years, his name wasn’t mentioned,” Scurrah said.
Since moving to New Zealand last November, Inu has experienced a turbulent 10 months. After a couple of costly errors in a trial match against Manly in March, Cleary axed the high-profile recruit to park football for round one.
The ignominious start followed the theme of Inu’s four seasons at Parramatta – flashes of brilliance one minute and then some absolute clangers the next.
Inu attempted to play down his inconsistent first season at the Warriors, where he has played 16 out of a possible 26 NRL games.
“You can’t argue when the team’s got a lot of great depth through the club,” he said.
“I would have been happier to obviously play regularly, but I just try to do my job and when my chance comes I play well.”
As for the prospect of another club looking to edge him out the door – such as what happened at the Eels – Inu said he enjoyed the low-key profile of rugby league in New Zealand.
“Definitely, I’m happy,” he said.
“I’ve been happy with my footy and I haven’t been given all the hype over here and it’s good to be away from all of it.”