Dane Gagai (L) of Australia tackles Taane Milne (R) of Fiji during the Rugby League World Cup men's semi-final match between Australia and Fiji at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on November 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HAMILTON / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Warriors have signed former Wests Tigers centre Taane Milne on a two-year deal, according to a report by The Sunday Telegraph.

Milne was sacked by the Tigers during the 2018 season after testing positive to an illicit substance, but reached out to Warriors coach Stephen Kearney via a handwritten letter asking for a lifeline.

“I told him I’m not a drug addict,” Milne told the Telegraph.

“I wrote to him — spelling errors and all — telling him that I wanted to play in the NRL again. That I owned up to my errors and I was on the right track. I knew I could offer something to the club.”

The Telegraph also reports that Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan, who originally recruited Mile to the Roosters, both reached out to the troubled 23-year old to offer their support.

“I don’t have a drug problem,” Milne said.

“I made a mistake. A really costly one and I embarrassed myself and my family. I felt so much embarrassment.

“It was my fault though and I can’t blame anyone else. I did this to me. But I have learnt so much. I’ve grown up. I had a really good job and I lost it all.

“I thought my NRL career was done and people would just remember as a guy who had a drug problem. I want to use this to help people. Only now am I comfortable speaking about what I did.

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“Alcohol was a factor and I’ve been off it for months. I’ve made a promise to myself not to drink the entire pre-season.”

Milne will arrive in New Zealand today and begin pre-season training with his new club tomorrow.

7 COMMENTS

  1. I do like Milne as a player but we already have far to many backs.
    1. RTS
    2. Fusitua
    3. Beale
    4. Kata
    5. Maumalo

    Hiku
    Ayshford
    Nickoll-Klokstad
    Pauga
    Perham
    Soosomea

    Why sign yet another?
    Especially when we could do with a back up half and an Experianed forward for depth.

    I’d release Ayshford and Pauga, aswell as Roache and Sao and sign Zach Docker-Clay and Shaun Fensom or Sam Tagatease

  2. “I wrote to him — spelling errors and all — telling him that I wanted to play in the NRL again.”

    If he can’t spell, should he really be let back in the NRL? I mean if he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed he may be stupid enough to go back on Satan’s Sugar/Lawn Clippings.

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