General 2022 Offseason and Pre-season

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The Warriors entrusting Nathan Brown to rebuild their roster

The New Zealand Warriors remind me of a storybook romance gone stale. Now two years removed from their fairytale COVID campaign, fatigued and homesick, this team is slowly but steadily falling apart at the seams.

It’s like checking in with Cinderella and Prince Charming two years after the ball, only to find them squabbling about an overdue electricity bill. The magic is long gone.

What we’re left with is a transient team lacking any real footballing identity. The roster is an alphabet soup of journeymen and redemption stories, and their only true superstar, Reece Walsh, is said to be unhappy and considering his options.

Nathan Brown finds himself in an unenviable position. His team are likely to be based in Australia for a third straight season – their chances of making the finals comical at best. The Warriors will head back to New Zealand in September as strangers in their own home, desperate to close the book on one of the club’s darkest chapters.

And they’re well positioned to conduct a full rebuild. Most of their players are unsigned beyond 2023, giving them the salary cap flexibility to sign some blue-chip recruits.

The Kiwi club will be craving a fresh start to help re-engage with their fans – fresh faces, a fresh culture, and a fresh brand of football. A fresh coach?

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What a load of shit article. Fuck I hope we rub their faces in it this year. I think this is one of our best rosters assembled and feel like if we don’t play finals footy or at least on the verge it’s going to be some time away.
 
Let me knownif this is off topic but I don't believe this thread is Warriors only....how messed up is Tigers naming 5 captians...and did I see Maumalo as one of them?! That team has lost the plot completely, I wanted madge when he was available but damn grateful we didn't go there now.
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The Warriors entrusting Nathan Brown to rebuild their roster

The New Zealand Warriors remind me of a storybook romance gone stale. Now two years removed from their fairytale COVID campaign, fatigued and homesick, this team is slowly but steadily falling apart at the seams.

It’s like checking in with Cinderella and Prince Charming two years after the ball, only to find them squabbling about an overdue electricity bill. The magic is long gone.

What we’re left with is a transient team lacking any real footballing identity. The roster is an alphabet soup of journeymen and redemption stories, and their only true superstar, Reece Walsh, is said to be unhappy and considering his options.

Nathan Brown finds himself in an unenviable position. His team are likely to be based in Australia for a third straight season – their chances of making the finals comical at best. The Warriors will head back to New Zealand in September as strangers in their own home, desperate to close the book on one of the club’s darkest chapters.

And they’re well positioned to conduct a full rebuild. Most of their players are unsigned beyond 2023, giving them the salary cap flexibility to sign some blue-chip recruits.

The Kiwi club will be craving a fresh start to help re-engage with their fans – fresh faces, a fresh culture, and a fresh brand of football. A fresh coach?

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Pretty negative writing there,The old let's win the wooden 🥄 spoon so we can finally rebuild the team properly. Without trying to patch cracks.
 

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Watching our first up opponents (Dragons) in the Charity shield.

Good game this. 12-10 halftime.

Dragons look pretty good tbh. That right edge of Lomax/Ravalawa going to be a handful for our left edge (which going by last week} should be Berry/Montoya.....may have their work cut out for them.
 
Young halve Amone is a handful, pretty sure Peter O’Sullivan was after him for the dolphins. The fullback Sloan looked good too. They will be a massive test first up the dragons.
The Dragons typically start the season strong and up until recently we haven't had a great record against them. They don't have the biggest names and Griffin has brought in some players he has coached in the past who you might think are past it. But they look pretty well coached.

Amone looked promising.

He should be playing for Manly with a name like that whenever the ref makes a decision against them they like to have a moan.
 
Is he captain just for tonight or is now their full time captain?

Payten did get better performances out of him than other coaches. Interested to see how goes under him again.

Also Taumalolo this year with Payten tinkering with his minutes.
 
The Dragons typically start the season strong and up until recently we haven't had a great record against them. They don't have the biggest names and Griffin has brought in some players he has coached in the past who you might think are past it. But they look pretty well coached.

Amone looked promising.

He should be playing for Manly with a name like that whenever the ref makes a decision against them they like to have a moan.
100% agree, they seem to start hot and fade in recent years. Remember they were our big test in our 6 win start in 2018 with them unbeaten too. Used to be our bogey team until recent years as you said. This next generation of young players look exciting and play without fear. League looks more like touch than I can remember with trying to strip the opposition with numbers in this fast game. Hopefully SJs background in touch from his early days can play apart.
 
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