Recruitment 2022 Warriors Recruitment Discussion

tajhay

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Mar 30, 2012
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2022 Warriors Recruitment DISCUSSION
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This thread is for all Warriors recruitment discussion post Nov 1.

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Naumaifooty

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 12, 2017
237
If Joey Manu falls through i wonder how much it would cost to get someone like chay fihaki or Etene nanai seturo(former warriors development) across from rugby surely it would be alot cheaper than a mil. Even Leicester Fainganuku has talked about changing codes in the past. Dont know anything about their contract situations just a random thought.
 
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Wrighty

1st Grade Fringe
May 26, 2021
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Here is an article written after round 12 that still has currency

Joseph Manu on the move​

Joseph Manu is too good to be spending all his time out in the centres. With Luke Keary and Sam Walker in his way in the halves and James Tedesco signed through to the end of 2024, Manu needs to leave the Sydney Roosters if he is to reach his potential.

The suggestions that he is a target for the New Zealand Warriors in 2023 will only grow louder around the water cooler after what he produced against the Canberra Raiders this week.

“I’ve heard a bit around [the Warriors’ interest], but I can’t meet with them or negotiate with them. I guess I’ll see how I go this year and see what happens. I have seen there’s been a bit of talk there. Roger is a big loss for the Warriors.”
‘Tough position but it’s exciting’: Manu eyes future as fullback amid Warriors link



He’s not going to be the perfect five-eighth. He’s very much a player that needs the right players around him to positively influence a game every week. The Kiwi international is the icing on the cake of a top tier attack.

While Manu isn’t a polished creator for others by any means, his ability to create something out of nothing for himself is exactly what the Warriors are looking for at the moment whether it be from fullback or five-eighth. They have Chanel Harris-Tavita in the traditional #7 role and Reece Walsh is an electric ball-player regardless of if it’s a #6 or #1 on his back. Likewise, Manu can pop up and add a moment of brilliance from either position.

Nothing can happen until November this year. It’s unlikely that the Roosters allow him to leave before his contract is up at the end of next season either. But Manu added a few more dollars to his next contract over the weekend. He’s going to be on the recruitment list for many NRL clubs but a return home to New Zealand looks like the perfect fit.
 

Selector

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 2, 2015
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Any speculation yet on who the club is looking to recruit to replace Peter O'Sullivan?

I would approach Ezra Howe recruitment manager at the Titans, has been in the role since 2019. Titans made the playoffs this year and have alot of good youngsters coming through includung young Kiwis he has recruited from New Zealand. Also has previously been involved in coaching junior Kiwi rep sides. So, obviously has a good understanding of the local scene in nz but also Queensland.
 

Defence

Warriors 1st Grader
May 9, 2012
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Any speculation yet on who the club is looking to recruit to replace Peter O'Sullivan?

I would approach Ezra Howe recruitment manager at the Titans, has been in the role since 2019. Titans made the playoffs this year and have alot of good youngsters coming through includung young Kiwis he has recruited from New Zealand. Also has previously been involved in coaching junior Kiwi rep sides. So, obviously has a good understanding of the local scene in nz but also Queensland.
Interesting shout that.
I don’t know him but know who he is- all the players and parents seem to love him.
 

Yomama

U20's Player
Sep 24, 2021
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If Joey Manu falls through i wonder how much it would cost to get someone like chay fihaki or Etene nanai seturo(former warriors development) across from rugby surely it would be alot cheaper than a mil. Even Leicester Fainganuku has talked about changing codes in the past. Dont know anything about their contract situations just a random thought.
I like the idea of pursuing young rugby players. Etene already shit on us tho. So he can gerraphuk lol. I wonder how much we'd have to fork out for someone like Caleb Clarke ?
 

geepee

1st Grade Fringe
Mar 27, 2016
197
Any speculation yet on who the club is looking to recruit to replace Peter O'Sullivan?

I would approach Ezra Howe recruitment manager at the Titans, has been in the role since 2019. Titans made the playoffs this year and have alot of good youngsters coming through includung young Kiwis he has recruited from New Zealand. Also has previously been involved in coaching junior Kiwi rep sides. So, obviously has a good understanding of the local scene in nz but also Queensland.
you wont get him your got more chance getting the guy that left wests
 

Rizzah

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Apr 18, 2012
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NRL: What departure of Warriors recruitment boss Peter O'Sullivan means for the club​


By: Michael Burgess
Sports writer for NZME
@mikeburgess99

Peter O'Sullivan admits that some former Warriors targets will now be in his sights, as he starts work building the roster at the Dolphins.

After being in charge of the Warriors' recruitment, retention and development strategy for the last three and a half years, O'Sullivan made a sudden switch to the NRL expansion team last week after being headhunted.

Monday was his first official day at the Dolphins, who will become the competition's 17th team in 2023.
It coincided with the opening of the NRL negotiation period, with clubs allowed to begin talks and submit offers to players who are off contract in 12 months' time.
It means that O'Sullivan will be discussing deals with prospects who he had originally earmarked for the Warriors.
"[There are] some that are certainly going to cross over, there is no doubt about it," O'Sullivan told Newstalk ZB. "Then there are some that are going to come into play that weren't in play."
It's a spanner in the works for the Warriors.

The club hierarchy are hopeful it will be business as usual, with chief executive Cameron George and coach Nathan Brown taking on more of a recruitment role until the position is filled, but the timing of his departure is far from ideal.

No one knows more about the Warriors' roster or salary cap situation than O'Sullivan and now he is a competitor.
The Dolphins could make a play for Joseph Manu (Roosters) and Marata Niukore (Eels), who are two of the Warriors' principal targets in this window, with O'Sullivan having put together the bids.

Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett has previously worked with Warriors' halves Kodi Nikorima and Ash Taylor and may try to lure them to Brisbane for 2023.
And what about Reece Walsh? O'Sullivan famously got him from the clutches of the Broncos and knows his Warriors deal inside out.

O'Sullivan's move was swift and unexpected.
He had been planning for 2022 – with the hope of spending more time in New Zealand – when he got a phone call last Tuesday with the Redcliffe offer.
"I had a bit of a think about it and I suppose like a player, I was off contract next year and you get a good offer at an exciting new franchise," said O'Sullivan. "That was a big part of it for me, the blank canvas and the chance to work at a brand new club, which I hadn't done before. It was too good an opportunity to knock back."
O'Sullivan arrived at the Warriors in May 2018. He had previously been deregistered at the end of the 2016 season – for breaches of the NRL's betting rules – but the Auckland club was able to register his contract with the governing body.

O'Sullivan was tasked with reshaping the club's roster and strengthening development pathways. It hasn't been easy for the Warriors to attract premium talent over the years but O'Sullivan took a proactive approach.
Walsh and Addin Fonua-Blake were two of his biggest signings, while he helped get Shaun Johnson back to the club. On the debit side, he was part of the decision that saw Isaiah Papali'i leave last year while Kane Evans was a poor choice.
For his part, O'Sullivan departs with mixed feelings.
"It's exciting times but sad at the same time," he said. "The thing I am going to miss most is not watching Rocco [Berry], Eli Katoa, Walshy, Viliami [Vailea] and others really find their feet in first grade."
"That's the part that weighed on me the most. I'm really proud of where [the Warriors] are at the moment; a strong squad, good depth, positionally pretty good and a far bit of money up their sleeve."
"The cap is in far better position than when I got here. The roster is strong, with lots of growth imminent, so they are in position to make some inroads and get some further impetus into the roster. That is the slight missing link but I am sure in the next few months that will take shape."
 
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NZWarriorsFaithful

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Aug 24, 2020
434

NRL: What departure of Warriors recruitment boss Peter O'Sullivan means for the club​

Peter O'Sullivan admits that some former Warriors targets will now be in his sights, as he starts work building the roster at the Dolphins.

After being in charge of the Warriors' recruitment, retention and development strategy for the last three and a half years, O'Sullivan made a sudden switch to the NRL expansion team last week after being headhunted.

Monday was his first official day at the Dolphins, who will become the competition's 17th team in 2023.
It coincided with the opening of the NRL negotiation period, with clubs allowed to begin talks and submit offers to players who are off contract in 12 months' time.
It means that O'Sullivan will be discussing deals with prospects who he had originally earmarked for the Warriors.
"[There are] some that are certainly going to cross over, there is no doubt about it," O'Sullivan told Newstalk ZB. "Then there are some that are going to come into play that weren't in play."
It's a spanner in the works for the Warriors.

The club hierarchy are hopeful it will be business as usual, with chief executive Cameron George and coach Nathan Brown taking on more of a recruitment role until the position is filled, but the timing of his departure is far from ideal.

No one knows more about the Warriors' roster or salary cap situation than O'Sullivan and now he is a competitor.
The Dolphins could make a play for Joseph Manu (Roosters) and Marata Niukore (Eels), who are two of the Warriors' principal targets in this window, with O'Sullivan having put together the bids.

Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett has previously worked with Warriors' halves Kodi Nikorima and Ash Taylor and may try to lure them to Brisbane for 2023.
And what about Reece Walsh? O'Sullivan famously got him from the clutches of the Broncos and knows his Warriors deal inside out.

O'Sullivan's move was swift and unexpected.
He had been planning for 2022 – with the hope of spending more time in New Zealand – when he got a phone call last Tuesday with the Redcliffe offer.
"I had a bit of a think about it and I suppose like a player, I was off contract next year and you get a good offer at an exciting new franchise," said O'Sullivan. "That was a big part of it for me, the blank canvas and the chance to work at a brand new club, which I hadn't done before. It was too good an opportunity to knock back."
O'Sullivan arrived at the Warriors in May 2018. He had previously been deregistered at the end of the 2016 season – for breaches of the NRL's betting rules – but the Auckland club was able to register his contract with the governing body.

O'Sullivan was tasked with reshaping the club's roster and strengthening development pathways. It hasn't been easy for the Warriors to attract premium talent over the years but O'Sullivan took a proactive approach.
Walsh and Addin Fonua-Blake were two of his biggest signings, while he helped get Shaun Johnson back to the club. On the debit side, he was part of the decision that saw Isaiah Papali'i leave last year while Kane Evans was a poor choice.
For his part, O'Sullivan departs with mixed feelings.
"It's exciting times but sad at the same time," he said. "The thing I am going to miss most is not watching Rocco [Berry], Eli Katoa, Walshy, Viliami [Vailea] and others really find their feet in first grade."
"That's the part that weighed on me the most. I'm really proud of where [the Warriors] are at the moment; a strong squad, good depth, positionally pretty good and a far bit of money up their sleeve."
"The cap is in far better position than when I got here. The roster is strong, with lots of growth imminent, so they are in position to make some inroads and get some further impetus into the roster. That is the slight missing link but I am sure in the next few months that will take shape."
Thanks bro, yes he will chase our targets but like niukore he wants to come home and maybe even Joey
 

Wheels

Warriors Bench Player
Jun 30, 2021
83
I was really looking forward to the start of November to see what acquisitions POS has bandied together for Warriors fans. What was his masterstroke going to be?? Now I am feeling deflated, especially after reading the article above. With POS gone I am not holding my breath for any great revelations in the coming days for 2022!
 

Rizzah

Stop Being Shit
Contributor
Apr 18, 2012
5,380
Dunedin, NZ
I was really looking forward to the start of November to see what acquisitions POS has bandied together for Warriors fans. What was his masterstroke going to be?? Now I am feeling deflated, especially after reading the article above. With POS gone I am not holding my breath for any great revelations in the coming days for 2022!
Chin up buddy, it's just ticked over to the 2nd of November. We are 34 hours into potential transfer season.
 
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Ever Hopeful

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Feb 24, 2013
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I'm sure there is some scaremongering there, but how does the NRL let an instant switch like this happen? Turning up to a new place of work after the weekend with the mandate to stamp a new letterhead on previous paperwork is not a practice that would be allowed to exist in any other profession. There should be a withholding period for a position like this. It is cynical for the NRL to turn a blind eye to it.

It has always been hard to support this team and we aren't the complete basket case of old, but the off the field disadvantages this club faces are getting very tiresome. Gould was meant to put that right. To protect us from the NRL's dismissiveness.

Bennett certainly gets what he wants (often still has a moan though).
 

Jaffa J

1st Grade Fringe
Feb 22, 2020
341


Boom rookie on radar of several clubs​

Half a dozen clubs are chasing the next big thing out of New Zealand - an explosive running halfback called Xavier Tito-Harris.

The youngster is only 17 but good judges say he will be playing in the NRL next season - the only question is where.

The talented playmaker is currently under contract to the Warriors and the club have tabled a new deal to keep him in Auckland long term.

But several Aussie clubs have also made contact with Tito-Harris and the rookie and his family have some serious thinking to do.

Class playmakers in the NRL are in short supply and as a result, club are prepared to gamble on the teenager with big money deals.
 

Toookey

1st Grade Fringe
May 3, 2021
651
The more I think about it, the more our team would better placed paying 1.2mil for, say Koroisau/Mahoney and Metcalf over 1 to 1.1mil for Manu.

Am still very happy to get Manu don’t get me wrong, but in regards to team balance that seems like it would make more sense.

If we don’t get Manu, it could be a blessing in disguise tho
 

TheCool

1st Grade Fringe
Jul 18, 2013
1,969


Boom rookie on radar of several clubs​

Half a dozen clubs are chasing the next big thing out of New Zealand - an explosive running halfback called Xavier Tito-Harris.

The youngster is only 17 but good judges say he will be playing in the NRL next season - the only question is where.

The talented playmaker is currently under contract to the Warriors and the club have tabled a new deal to keep him in Auckland long term.

But several Aussie clubs have also made contact with Tito-Harris and the rookie and his family have some serious thinking to do.

Class playmakers in the NRL are in short supply and as a result, club are prepared to gamble on the teenager with big money deals.

Francis Manuleleua should be way higher priority in terms of 17 year old halves prospects.
 
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