Player Peta Hiku

Peta Hiku given release from Warrington to join Warriors
David Long 15:33, September 9 2017

  • The signing of Hiku is a great acquisition, but it also highlights a huge error the club made in 2012 when they decided not to offer him a contract, believing he wasn't good enough to play in the NRL, despite being their Under-20s player of the season that year.

    But the Sea Eagles took a punt on Hiku and got themselves a bargain.

    Back in 2014, Hiku told Sunday News he never stopped believing in himself, despite the Warriors dumping him.

    "After the Warriors I made the Junior Kiwis and when I was in that side someone mentioned to me that 70 per cent of under-20 players don't make it through and that went through my head, " Hiku said at the time.

    "But I still hoped I'd make it and there wasn't any negative stuff going through my head.

    "I still thought I could make it into the NRL, so yeah, I must have done something right."

    Realising their mistake, the Warriors did try to sign Hiku later that year and offered him $1m for three years, however, he chose to stay at the Sea Eagles for less money.

    When he was let go by the Sea Eagles at the end of the 2015 season, the Warriors didn't have enough room left in their salary cap to make him an offer and he chose to go to the Panthers on what was supposed to be a three-year deal.

    Like Gerard Beale, who was signed by the Warriors on Friday, one of Hiku's great strengths is his versatility.

    While he's been recruited predominantly as a centre, he can play on the wing and is even able to fill in at fullback, while for the Kiwis on their 2015 tour of England, he played five-eighth. For the first test he partnered Tuimoala Lolohea and for the next two with Kodi Nikorima.

    The Warriors squad for next year will look remarkably similar to that Kiwis squad from two years ago as eighy players from it will have signed, or are expected to sign, for the club since then.

    Those players are Kieran Foran, Hiku, Adam Blair, Manaia Cherrington, Issac Luke, Beale, Tohu Harris and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

    Five players in that squad were Warriors players, while they have looked as signing at least a further six more players from that squad.

    The Gisborne born Hiku has been a revelation at Warrington, with one knowledgeable league source in the UK telling Stuff that if it wasn't for him the club would be looking at relegation this season.

    He surprisingly fell out of favour with Anthony Griffin at the Panthers this season and was allowed to move to Warrington, but at his age he was arguably too talented and too young to end up in the Super League.

    At the Warriors he'll increase the competition for starting spots at centre and wing.

    Given he's coming from the other side of the world to join the Warriors he'll be all but guaranteed of a place in the starting team, most likely at centre.

    Where Beale slots in will determine who else gets to start in the backs, but David Fusitua showed enough this year he should play every week, but Ken Maumalo, Blake Ayshford, Solomone Kata and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad will all be fighting for the one remaining spot.

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Blain

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 18, 2012
2,174
Wellington
More depth the better. Would be for a decent price, nice to have options in the backs. We did lose Manu and Allwood, and have 5 additional spots in the roster to full. After a full off season he could get back to what we all know he can do.

I'm sure the Warriors understand they need forwards..
 
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AlexM

1st Grade Fringe
Feb 19, 2017
1,613
Nice nice nice, we Wil have some really good experience in the backs now

Need a prop though....
 
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WarriorFaither

Warriors Bench Player
Jul 8, 2016
58
Brisbane
I am sitting here paralysed with fear that Kearney will have a 2018 process that has Hiku playing 5/8. Please football gods, don't do it to us. We've suffered enough. I beg you
 
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WarriorFaither

Warriors Bench Player
Jul 8, 2016
58
Brisbane
In all seriousness though, would be a very handy signing, not only does it add depth to those outside backs but will also have players on notice and needing to perform to gain selection.

Could potentially be the rocket up Katas bum to get him firing again and who knows, he may even need to add a pass into his game if he wants to hold his spot.

Competition for spots = brilliant.

Nothing better than having players worried about a bloke in ressies nipping at their heals, keeps them all on their toes and energy levels lift
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,485
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Cant believe we offered him a million dollars a few years ago. Hiku has turned to shit last couple years. Cracks me up that he stayed at Manly for a lot less money as his dad told him that the Warriors would ruin his career. He did that all by himself and came out poorer for it.

Guessing he's played the homesick card and we have signed him for basement bargain rates. Be surprised if he makes first grade unless he has an amazing preseason. Guy is totally unfit and playing rubbish compared to what he was in 2013/14...
 

WarriorFaither

Warriors Bench Player
Jul 8, 2016
58
Brisbane
Cant believe we offered him a million dollars a few years ago. Hiku has turned to shit last couple years. Cracks me up that he stayed at Manly for a lot less money as his dad told him that the Warriors would ruin his career. He did that all by himself and came out poorer for it.

Guessing he's played the homesick card and we have signed him for basement bargain rates. Be surprised if he makes first grade unless he has an amazing preseason. Guy is totally unfit and playing rubbish compared to what he was in 2013/14...

I haven't seen any of him in the SL, safe to say he is looking average in that Comp then?
 

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