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Warriors 2024/2025 Recruitment & Retention Discussion
key: T = Team option, M = Mutual option, P = Player option, D = Development contract

Confirmed Top 30 2024: 28/30
Confirmed Development 2024: 5/6

Confirmed Top 30 2025: 25/30
Confirmed Development 2025: 1/6

2025 Gains: Nil
2025 Losses: Addin Fonua-Blake (Sharks)
2025 Off Contract: Shaun Johnson, Jazz Tevaga
 
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Although he is only 28 you get the feeling his time in the game could be limited.

Not uncommon for big guys to regress quickly.

I would expect him to take the best deal and I doubt we would be able to match

I know NAS has been publicly not too keen on us, I think he's said a few things over the years about not liking the Warriors.

Does anyone know his deal in regards to the kind of Kiwi he is. Does he come home to spend time with the whanau often, and has love for NZ. Or is he one of those that head off to Aussie and doesn't really have anything to do with the people back home on NZ?

That would be helpful to know, as I get the feeling we could offer him 2 mil a year and he'd still tell us to f**K off lol.
 
I know NAS has been publicly not too keen on us, I think he's said a few things over the years about not liking the Warriors.

Does anyone know his deal in regards to the kind of Kiwi he is. Does he come home to spend time with the whanau often, and has love for NZ. Or is he one of those that head off to Aussie and doesn't really have anything to do with the people back home on NZ?

That would be helpful to know, as I get the feeling we could offer him 2 mil a year and he'd still tell us to f**K off lol.
For me, the fact he gives his all when playing for the Kiwi's, shows he still has a lot of pride in being a New Zealander. His past comments regarding the warriors would've been while we were playing poorly. Surly his outlook would have changed seeing how we are performing. I'm not too stressed if he doesn't want to come here, surely we can attract someone else albeit on a slightly lower performance level than him. Not just the NRL management but I'm sure players would be taking notice of all our matches being sold out. I just mentioned this to my brother the other night, that it actually seems like all the stands are full verses past sold out games where some are empty. I believe a poster that went to the game confirmed this also.
 
Personally there are only two people who could replace AFB - whichever saifiti bro was talking to CG or NAS. Can’t see their being any other options pop up this season
Right now, While in my feels lol. I don't think anyone can replace him. Even if we signed Fisher Harris or Payne Haas. Probably will change once the 2025 season rolls around. But right now, When i watch him i can't help but feel guttered that he won't be a wah next year. Sentimental attachment that's a little hard to let go of 🤣
 
Right now, While in my feels lol. I don't think anyone can replace him. Even if we signed Fisher Harris or Payne Haas. Probably will change once the 2025 season rolls around. But right now, When i watch him i can't help but feel guttered that he won't be a wah next year. Sentimental attachment that's a little hard to let go of 🤣
We all played our part. If only I’d brought more brownies 😒 or even any
 
For me, the fact he gives his all when playing for the Kiwi's, shows he still has a lot of pride in being a New Zealander. His past comments regarding the warriors would've been while we were playing poorly. Surly his outlook would have changed seeing how we are performing. I'm not too stressed if he doesn't want to come here, surely we can attract someone else albeit on a slightly lower performance level than him. Not just the NRL management but I'm sure players would be taking notice of all our matches being sold out. I just mentioned this to my brother the other night, that it actually seems like all the stands are full verses past sold out games where some are empty. I believe a poster that went to the game confirmed this also.
Unrelated to recruitment, but just as an aside.

If you see chunks of seats empty at "sold out" games, it's generally due to all the corporate tickets the club gives out to sponsors etc. Which unfortunately means people that aren't even keen to go get given tickets, or they just don't get taken by anyone.

This could be changing the hotter the Wahs show becomes, where people that wouldn't normally go are going if the eye test is seeing less empty spots at sold out games.

Just a thought anyway, as the sold out/empty seats thing gets thrown around a lot on here.
 
Impossible to replace afb- the only thing bringing me comfort is Barnetts form.
Funny one with nas- thought he was boxing all off season- looked pretty good knocking Wallace’s teeth out- when did he get injured?
I wonder if his boxing ambitions line up with the storms? Maybe city kickboxing could be a trump card….
 
Although he is only 28 you get the feeling his time in the game could be limited.

Not uncommon for big guys to regress quickly.

I would expect him to take the best deal and I doubt we would be able to match
Ultimately it's a business decision. We need an AFB-level forward - ta-da! THE colossus appears! Offer him $900k per season and he'll be here in a jiffy. If not, Jacob Saifiti will have to do.
 
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Hopefully the Warriors are monitoring this
 
The answer is we’re not going to replace him.

NAS is so far off AFB’s level it’s not even funny.

Of course he's not. AFB is a top 2 prop so anyone we get is going to be a step down.

But that's the beauty of Webby tho, he looks at your skillset and fits it into the team, as opposed to having a predetermined role for a prop. If we got NAS and Webby said 'we need you to make 170m a game, play 60 min, have great defence and score 10 tries this year' he'd be laughed at. Very few can do what AFB does and Webby will know that more than anyone.

If we got NAS I have no doubt in my mind that Webby will use him well. 40+ minutes of sheer power and aggression, offloads and tackle breaks. Would more than likely need to couple that with a Bunty/Ale/ Zyon Maiu’u standard type of prop
 

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