Recruitment 2018 Warriors Recruitment Discussion

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Pity Lino is going, quality depth and I doubt we would have even made the 8 without him standing up in some of those games.

He would have been good to develop as our utility. Can kick, pass, and knows how to find the line. Halves depth is probably one of the more important positions in the squad since it is so specialised too, seasons have been made or broken depending on how teams have responded to an injury in the halves.

So we are willing to lose our first effective halves depth in years, and also an elite rake (who it really looked like we couldn't win without this year). Things could potentially end badly next season from those decisions.
 
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The #6 in this video. Throws a cut out for the Warriors first and beats plenty to score our second:
https://www.parraeels.com.au/news/2018/07/09/eels-jersey-flegg-grind-out-victory-over-warriors/
Very highly rated. Made the Junior Kiwis squad to play Junior Roos in October at 18 years old. Apparently burst on the scene this year with the Jersey Flegg side. I would say he's one of the main reasons the club would allow Lino to take up another offer next year, because it opens up a halves spot next year in the ISP side alongside Chanel Harris-Tavita. We'll get a glimpse of how good a Paul Turner and Chanel Harris-Tavita halves partnership could be in the upcoming Junior Kiwis game. Similar player to Shaun Johnson in a way, has a NZ touch background. That long ball in that video.. wow.
 
Sad if Lino does go, obviously he doesn’t want to hang around in reserve grade for another two years.

He may see Newcastle as a chance to play more first grade and get a decent bump in his pay

Plus for the Warriors it could be opportunity to invest in a couple of juniors.
 
If Lino goes to Newcastle and Ponga moves into the halves doesn't that leave him in an even worse position than he has currently with us? Surely the knights would rate Watson above Lino in terms of half depth.
 
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If Lino goes to Newcastle and Ponga moves into the halves doesn't that leave him in an even worse position than he has currently with us? Surely the knights would rate Watson above Lino in terms of half depth.
Maybe not but surely he’ll be getting a bump in $$ too. Can’t over look the importance of that for a young guy getting his first really shot...
 
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Intersting Brian Smith quoted as saying we are looking at making 2 possibly 3 signings for 2019 in the below article.Would immagine they would only be 'depth' signings.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/107259922/warriors-season-in-review-brian-smith

AhMau plus Turner plus 1 more makes 3
Very interesting read though had some comments
On Lisone ,an Sao .Sounds like they are pushing for their first grade
Spots which is good news for us .

I'm loving the transparency from the head office .
 
Pikiao youngsters snapped up by Warriors
20 Sep, 2018 5:30am
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Pikiao under-15 rugby league players Ngakohu Walker (left), 15, Tome Poona, 15, and Cassius Cowley, 15 have signed with the New Zealand Warriors. Photo / Stephen Parker
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By: David Beck
David Beck is the Rotorua Daily Post's sports reporter
david.beck@nzme.co.nz@thedailypost


Secondary school sporting stars are in high demand when they finish school and the race to obtain their signatures is heating up.

Pikiao under-15 rugby league players Cassius Cowley, Tome Poona and Ngakohu Walker have that special something and the New Zealand Warriors have swooped in to sign them on academy contracts.

The three Rotorua Boys' High School 15-year-olds will remain in Rotorua until they finish school but will have training and development opportunities with the Warriors throughout.

Pikiao stalwart Jason Sayers has been coaching the boys since they were in the Pikiao under-5s. They have won multiple age group titles, but Sayers has done everything in his power to keep the players humble and grounded.


Shortly after finding out about their new contracts, he had them refereeing and helping with prize giving at a local junior rugby league tournament.

"It was about the boys giving back to the younger players, but it was also about showing the younger players that there is a pathway in rugby league. A lot of them look up to these boys.

"I'm really happy for them. They are all pretty much leaders themselves, they have a lot of natural ability of course, but also a willingness to listen and learn and take on new skills, that has been to their advantage.

"There are a lot of talented kids running around, but it's the little one per cent things that make the difference."

Tome said he was "excited" about the contract. He played rugby union and league, but had always enjoyed league more.

"I like the physicality of league.

Ngakohu said he was most looking forward to the chance to develop as a player. He started playing only a year ago.

"It's way different, going back 10m all the time on defence. The passing and tackling is a bit different too. It was scary at first but it's cool now."

Cassius said he had been playing league since he was about 6, his dad played and got him into it.

Warriors academy co-ordinator Jordan Friend said the club had been watching the boys for a while and they were among the most talented players of their age in the country.

"They were identified during the Maori Rugby league competition and then the North Island competition – quality competitions both held in Rotorua. These competitions provide really good opportunities for players and we get to see of the best kids outside of Auckland.

"Following that we invited them to a Future Warriors camp up in Auckland where we got to know them a bit more and they spent a day with our staff."

Friend said all three players were standouts and it was crucial to help them with their development early in their careers.

"Cassius and Tome play in the halves and Ngakohu on the edge and we think they're among the best in the country in those positions. For us as a club, we believe we can actively develop them better than any other NRL club, that's the key for them with the plan not to relocate until they finish school."

He said, while talent was obviously a major factor in recruitment, the boys' attitudes and work ethic were closely analysed as well.

"We get to know their families as well and make sure they're supportive, it's all part of the package. Although they're all from Rotorua Boys', that wasn't the sole focus of why we picked them up, but we do have a good history with the school. All the boys that have come from there have really good work ethics and attitudes which is obviously credit to the school.

"We have to acknowledge Bay of Plenty Rugby League, Pikiao and Pacific Sharks, they are products of their systems. It's a talented region and they do a really good job at fostering rugby league, these boys definitely won't be the last from the Bay to join the club," Friend said.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/good-news/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503279&objectid=12126434
If Peter O'Sullivan has picked these kids out, you know they're gonna be good.
 
AhMau plus Turner plus 1 more makes 3
Very interesting read though had some comments
On Lisone ,an Sao .Sounds like they are pushing for their first grade
Spots which is good news for us .

I'm loving the transparency from the head office .

At a guess the "maybe 3" will be dependent on what Luke does.

The interesting part for me was the comment on guys who didn't want to be there anymore. Comes as no surprise considering some of the lackluster efforts, but still interesting to hear someone say it out loud.
 

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I hope one of the biggest shifts in recruitment takes into account a predicted build/growth.

So many of the guys we have been bringing through for the last few years are just the wrong body shape or too small.

I also hope intelligence, school attendance and work ethic are other key areas.

School attendance might be controversial (especially with the commitment of Polynesian students to family and church above school), but it will tell you a lot about young player's resilience.
 
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