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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Sol Man

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Jun 10, 2020
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The exit of Peta marks the end of an era in warriordom. We no longer seem to be accepting (for better or worse) of players who may score three tries but let in two. I for one will miss his "x factor", and pure entertainment value. I have that sinking feeling this will come back to bite us next time we play the cows....
 

bruce

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Sep 1, 2015
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The exit of Peta marks the end of an era in warriordom. We no longer seem to be accepting (for better or worse) of players who may score three tries but let in two. I for one will miss his "x factor", and pure entertainment value. I have that sinking feeling this will come back to bite us next time we play the cows....
It might...it did when he went to Manly...but POS is right
 
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mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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As with everyone else this recruitment news is abit double edged for me but overall I liked having him on the team. Especially compared with our current offerings. We have very few centres who have been able to put our wingers in space in our history and Peta was one of them.

While I agree with sentiments that he is the type of player who can score 3 and let in 2 the fact is thats a ratio that still wins us the game. There have been very few games where his defence has led directly to a loss.

What also cant be understated is the fact that any winger who played outside him become an infinitely better player. David Fusitua winning the Dally M Top Try Scorer and Ken Maumalo winning the Dally M Winger of the Year in successive seasons s testiment to that.

Interesting times ahead to see whether we go to the market to replace him or if we look to blood Rocco Berry or further develop the likes of Adam Pompey.

Would have loved to see Hiku re-sign but I'm sure he had his reasons to turn us down. The club had the chance in 2020 to extend his contract past the one year we gave him.

We should all be very thankful for the service he gave us especially during his first 3 years where we picked him up from Warrington for peanuts. The quote at the time from the club was 'bargain basement'. Lets not forget that back in 2012 we offered him a rumoured million dollars to leave Manly. On the balance of things the club did very well there.

Best luck with the rest of your career Peta Hiku. No love lost and appreciate your efforts for the club...
 

bruce

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While I agree with sentiments that he is the type of player who can score 3 and let in 2 the fact is thats a ratio that still wins us the game.
Fair comment, but as a train spotter is that ratio correct?

I know he had some glaring defensive lapses at times, but he also could defend very well and his ability to slip the ball in a tight space was about as good as it gets.

I don't think he was let go because of anything but his salary could be used better elsewhere right now. That is what successful clubs do. No fault to either party.

We have been a club that has signed players beyond their use by date. Where has that got us?
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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I don't think he was let go because of anything but his salary could be used better elsewhere right now. That is what successful clubs do. No fault to either party.
According to the article somewhere above he was made an offer but decided on signing with the Cowboys anyway. Warriors couldn't match the terms he was being offered so I'm guessing it was more an issue of the contracts length and options.

My personal opinion is we should never ever look to be saving money when it comes to centres. Too important a position. Good one arent cheap and cheap ones arent good...
 

bruce

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According to the article somewhere above he was made an offer but decided on signing with the Cowboys anyway. Warriors couldn't match the terms he was being offered so I'm guessing it was more an issue of the contracts length and options.

My personal opinion is we should never ever look to be saving money when it comes to centres. Too important a position. Good one arent cheap and cheap ones arent good...
Totally agree with you, but how much were the Cowboys offering?

Look how much they spent on Tamualolo, was it worth it? I say not, as good a player as he is. The same with DCE at Manly.
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Totally agree with you, but how much were the Cowboys offering?

Look how much they spent on Tamualolo, was it worth it? I say not, as good a player as he is. The same with DCE at Manly.
Not wanting to go off topic but if Taumalolo plays out 10 years then on average he's money very well spent.

Again the article mentioned terms so I dont think it was a money thing but more to do with how long he was offered. Remember the Warriors only offered him a year in 2020. If they offered him the same and the Cowboys offered him two then its not a hard choice especially if they threw in a player option...
 

snake77

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Jul 12, 2013
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I know he's not ancient in terms of age but he has been around a long time and has had some big injuries with his knee and now his shoulder. Similar to Adam Reynolds we have him on a 1 year deal for 2021 and I am guessing after being injured 2022 was likely a similar deal.

Cowboys likely offer more money and another year. Can see that being appealing especially after coming back from England and having to take a pay cut.

I hope he goes well at the Cowboys under Payten, a few games a year being the exception.
 

Canadian_WarriorFan

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Jul 13, 2013
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Nathan Brown told Newstalk ZB tonight that Peta Hiku will likely be back from injury in the next week or two to close out his career with the side. He was highly impressed with the way he'd fought back to play again for the club given he's off contract at the end of the year.
That's wonderful! Is there a link to where I can listen to this? They normally have Nathan on the website to listen but for whatever reason, I can't find it.
 
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