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.
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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