I imagine it would be tricky and probably not worthwhile faking someone having Covid... but does it not seem quite fortuitous that Reece didn't end up playing the home game at Mt Smart?

Kind of like, don't bring your hot girlfriend to meet the parents if you're going to break up with her next week.
I'm 50 - 50 on that. He did Post on his Instagram story of watching the game on TV and the players running on to the field while wearing warriors gear and voice did sound a bit raspy.
I believe he was genuine in his statement couple months back about being committed to moving to nz but if him and his partner have split he doesn't really have any choice especially as a 19 year old father but to stay in Australia and we can't really fault him for that. Also better he goes now rather than developing him next year then moving on in his prime years.
All the best to him.
 
Lol what is this? Looks like a 12 year old tried to write a club statement
It's a bit hard to type legible and professional prose when you're sitting at the keyboard, mobile phone (which is burning hot) wedged between your neck and right shoulder...

So gold square for Cameron!

So once again we lose a player who might become a Legend of The Greatest Game Of All.

My 0.03c (since inflation's kicking in): Increasingly, I'm not impressed by a player's ceiling, I'd rather that player had a bloody good stepladder and wanted badly to get to that ceiling. And maybe beyond it...How many Warriors players have we all been barring up about after Season 1 over the years only for it to all fizzle out??

RW's second year syndrome was certainly kicking in. Okay, he wasn't awful, but he had certainly come back to the pack. Which is the one year blip? 2021 or 2022?

Can't really have a dig at him if it is family and a re-consideration of things after a relationship break-up. Evidently the Broncos accept him back with open arms, I have to confess after Reece's Micheal Caine moment in December I wondered if he had previous and that's why the Broncos were prepared to see him leave, even if denying that publically.
 
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this is all such bullshit. the warriors are based in redcliffe till the end of this year. he should just play out his contract. homesick. yaaa its probably a money grab.
and CNK injury prone CNK? well if hes the best they can recruitt i guess he'ĺl do 50% of the season
 
this is all such bullshit. the warriors are based in redcliffe till the end of this year. he should just play out his contract. homesick. yaaa its probably a money grab.
and CNK injury prone CNK? well if hes the best they can recruitt i guess he'ĺl do 50% of the season
He's signed till end of next year
 
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What I find interesting is he's been given permission to talk to the Broncos. I haven't read we will release him to the Dolphins, which I see as a sign of how badly things have deteriated there.

The sooner the lads are home and based at Mt Smart the better.

Reece Walsh has talent to burn. But there's a lot of effort and some pain required to make him the player he can be. If he's not going to stay for a few years I'm ok with him going now.
 
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Brisbane Broncos to sign Reece Walsh: details of star Warriors’ transfer move revealed | Daily Telegraph​

Reece Walsh is officially a Bronco with Brisbane having freed up more than $1 million in the salary cap to bring the Warriors whizkid home to Queensland.
News Corp can reveal Walsh has inked a deal with the Broncos in a bombshell development that will see the 19-year-old reject a massive $2.8 million offer from Brisbane’s expansion rivals the Dolphins to return to Red Hill next season.

It is understood Walsh has agreed terms on a three-year deal until the end of 2025.

Warriors CEO Cameron George confirmed he’s granted Walsh an early release on compassionate grounds in the coming days _ clearing the path for one of the code’s hottest prospects to reunite with the Broncos from 2023.Brisbane bosses were left devastated when Walsh – a Broncos Academy prodigy – sensationally quit the club in March 2021 to sign a three-year, $1.3 million deal with the Warriors.

Warriors head of football Craig Hodges confirmed Walsh will return to the Broncos for family reasons.

“Reece came to us about a month ago and said he couldn’t commit to coming back to New Zealand,” Hodges said.

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Reece Walsh is on the verge of becoming a Bronco once again. Picture: Nigel Hallett

Reece Walsh is on the verge of becoming a Bronco once again. Picture: Nigel Hallett
“Reece has had a relationship breakdown and he has a young daughter and he said he simply couldn’t be away from her in another country.

“We totally understood that so we said what do you want to do and he said, ‘I would like to go to the Broncos’.


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“On that basis, we said OK you can negotiate only with the Broncos, we didn’t want to turn it into a circus with Reece talking with all sorts of clubs and ending up going to a Sydney team.

“We wish him all the best. He is a great young kid who is putting his family first.”

George noted the situation relating to Walsh’s family situation was key in granting the release.

“There has been a major change in Reece’s personal circumstances in the past two months which have impacted on his ability to move to Auckland with the club next season,” George said.

“We’re working through his situation and have given him permission, with some conditions, to look at options in Brisbane. It’s not the way either Reece or the club had wanted this to play out but we respect the issues he has.”

The Warriors also confirmed Nicoll-Klokstad is returning on a three year deal from next season.

“He brings undoubted qualities as one of the best fullbacks in the game as well as so much off the field as a wonderful young man,” George said.

“He’s so excited about coming back to the Warriors, being home and being closer to his family.”

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad will join the Warriors on a three-year deal to replace Walsh. Picture: Getty

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad will join the Warriors on a three-year deal to replace Walsh. Picture: Getty
While questions have been raised as to how the Broncos can afford the fullback sensation, Brisbane chiefs have shrewdly crunched the numbers to make the transfer happen.

It can be revealed the Broncos will sever ties with as many as six top-liners to fund the purchase of Walsh, whose Brisbane contract will not be as expensive as widely anticipated.

Veteran Broncos duo Ryan James ($180,000) and David Mead ($120,000) are set to retire at season’s end, instantly freeing up $300,000.

Off-contract hooker Jake Turpin, on $300,000 this season, has been granted a release to leave, while Brenko Lee ($200,000) and Rhys Kennedy ($150,000) will link with the Dolphins and Hull KR respectively next season.

Kiwi Test winger Jamayne Isaako was released to the Titans two months ago, clearing another $200,000 under the salary cap, while Te Maire Martin ($60,000), Albert Kelly ($80,000) and Corey Oates ($500,000) remain off-contract.

Jake Turpin has been granted an early release, freeing up salary cap space for the Walsh coup. Picture: Liam Kidston

Jake Turpin has been granted an early release, freeing up salary cap space for the Walsh coup. Picture: Liam Kidston
The Dolphins were prepared to offer Walsh a four-year deal worth $700,000 annually, but the teenager has only been given permission to negotiate with the Broncos as part of his release request.

That shuts the door on the Dolphins, representing a gut-wrenching blow for the NRL’s 17th franchise, who were privately confident of sneaking under Brisbane’s guard for the Queensland Origin squad member.

Instead, it’s the Broncos who have pulled off a Walsh ambush.

Walsh’s Broncos deal will not break the bank. It will not greatly exceed the value of his existing Warriors contract, which is worth around $400,000 a season.

Even with a recent upgrade for newly-minted Queensland Origin winger Selwyn Cobbo, the Broncos will not have trouble affording Walsh, whose return home is motivated more by family reasons than money.

Last year, Walsh, aged 18, celebrated the birth of his first child, a baby daughter named Leila, with partner Freda Puru.

The pair have recently separated and Walsh wishes to remain in Brisbane to be close to his daughter, triggering the request for a release from the Warriors, who returned to New Zealand last week after their two-year, Covid-enforced stay in Australia.

“While we are disappointed, we feel Reece’s reasons are genuine,” Hodges said.

Walsh was being heavily courted by NRL newcomers the Dolphins. Picture: Getty

Walsh was being heavily courted by NRL newcomers the Dolphins. Picture: Getty
“There has been talk for a while about Brisbane and the Dolphins chasing him but we have been able to sign Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad from the Raiders for the same reasons around family.

“Reece has a huge future in the game but we feel Charnze is coming to the Warriors for the right reasons, so we feel we have a handy replacement.”

In an exclusive interview with News Corp last year, Walsh said he had hoped to make his NRL debut at Brisbane.

“I never thought I would leave the Broncos,” he said.

“It was a dream of mine to play NRL for Brisbane. I remember when I was seven years old, I would run around with a Broncos jersey on wishing I could play for the Broncos. That’s something I always wanted to do.”

Walsh also addressed his future last week while in Queensland Origin camp.

“I enjoyed my time at the Broncos,” he said.

“I came through there and I was only in the NRL system for a couple of months. I made a lot of good friendships there and I’m in camp now with (Broncos trio) Corey Oates, Tom Flegler and Pat Carrigan.

“I have a lot of good mates there and I’m happy the Broncos are going well.

“Right now, I am focused on the Warriors ... they have been good to me.”

Walsh came through the Broncos Academy, but left for an opportunity to play first grade.

Walsh came through the Broncos Academy, but left for an opportunity to play first grade.
Walsh’s arrival at the Broncos next season will create some ripples with their current roster.

Centre Herbie Farnworth recently signed a one-year extension with Brisbane, telling coach Kevin Walters he wants to have a crack at playing fullback next season.

The Broncos offered Farnworth a three-year upgrade, but the British young gun requested a 12-month deal instead, giving him contractual freedom depending on his success or failure in a planned transition to the backfield.

The rejuvenated Martin has been a surprise success story at fullback this season, but even if he is retained, it will only be on an affordable deal as a back-up option to Walsh.

Then there’s Cobbo.

Rated Brisbane’s version of Latrell Mitchell, Cobbo is currently playing on the right wing but the 20-year-old has a longer-term goal to eventually wear the Broncos No.1 jumper.

Herbie Farnworth also has ambitions to claim the Broncos No.1 jersey. Picture: Getty

Herbie Farnworth also has ambitions to claim the Broncos No.1 jersey. Picture: Getty
The Broncos are aware of Cobbo’s ambitions. For that reason, they do not see Walsh exclusively as a fullback, with the Broncos having discussed moving him to five-eighth to form a lengthy scrumbase strikeforce with boom playmaker Ezra Mam.

Mam will play five-eighth this Sunday against the Dragons but is equally adept at halfback and is viewed as a possible successor to skipper Adam Reynolds in the No.7 jumper.

Brisbane’s most-capped player, Darren Lockyer, started his career at fullback before moving to five-eighth and the Broncos believe Walsh can embark on a similar trajectory as he develops his game management.

For now, the one certainty is ‘Reece Lightning’ is coming to Red Hill ... and the Broncos have enough bucks to make it happen.
 
CNK is an upgrade on Walsh.

If you take out this season which has been hampered by injury, CNK would consistently be in the top 5-6 fullbacks over the last 3 years.

The key word is consistency. He doesn't have the razzle-dazzle like Reece Walsh, but consistently makes metres, consistently makes his tackles and makes far less errors.

Anyone thinking CNK is coming here to play in the centres or wing is dreaming. He's our new fullback because he's one of the best around. Anyone who's watched the Raiders play over the last 3 years will understand that.

Walsh is the only attacking threat we currently have which is why it might feel like a massive loss, but once again attack is not our issue. Defence is. Walsh is too small to be an effective defensive fullback and offers next to nothing in terms of getting us out of our own half with metres gained.

Walsh's ceiling is undoubtedly high, but he's never going to get anywhere near that with us. What you see now I think is his limit at the Warriors which makes him exciting, but very limited.
 

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He's signed till end of next year
i know, but at least he could see out the year where the warriors are based in qld.

look im disapointed we wont see him next year, but inever expected him to not return to Brisbane. i hate mid year transfers where the team loses a player they have invested in for the rest of the season.
why are they so unproffesional? and why is this alllowed. with both the loss of Lodge and him, thats 2 of your starting team, just gone. no replacement. its all the effects of an injury without actually being in a game.
i actually thought the same when Roger Tuivasa-Sheck left, and he was the fkn captin
 

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CNK is an upgrade on Walsh.

If you take out this season which has been hampered by injury, CNK would consistently be in the top 5-6 fullbacks over the last 3 years.

The key word is consistency. He doesn't have the razzle-dazzle like Reece Walsh, but consistently makes metres, consistently makes his tackles and makes far less errors.

Anyone thinking CNK is coming here to play in the centres or wing is dreaming. He's our new fullback because he's one of the best around. Anyone who's watched the Raiders play over the last 3 years will understand that.

Walsh is the only attacking threat we currently have which is why it might feel like a massive loss, but once again attack is not our issue. Defence is. Walsh is too small to be an effective defensive fullback and offers next to nothing in terms of getting us out of our own half with metres gained.

Walsh's ceiling is undoubtedly high, but he's never going to get anywhere near that with us. What you see now I think is his limit at the Warriors which makes him exciting, but very limited.
not for this year hes not. next year fine. but not this one
 
i know, but at least he could see out the year where the warriors are based in qld.

look im disapointed we wont see him next year, but inever expected him to not return to Brisbane. i hate mid year transfers where the team loses a player they have invested in for the rest of the season.
why are they so unproffesional? and why is this alllowed. with both the loss of Lodge and him, thats 2 of your starting team, just gone. no replacement. its all the effects of an injury without actually being in a game.
i actually thought the same when Roger Tuivasa-Sheck left, and he was the fkn captin
I have no issues with him leaving straight away since we won't be paying him and no point in developing him further when he's not in our future plans. No need to make him sit out and suffer himself when it does seem like very genuine reasons for staying in Queensland.
 

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I have no issues with him leaving straight away since we won't be paying him and no point in developing him further when he's not in our future plans. No need to make him sit out and suffer himself when it does seem like very genuine reasons for staying in Queensland.

You sure we're not paying him?

Doesnt sound like Mohawk not to pay players ... 👀
 
It was inevitable wasn’t it- they can say his situation has changed but there’s been noise around this almost since the day he signed.
Still a bit pissed off we threw last season away so we could pamper to him but oh well spilt milk and all that.
It is interesting that they have cobbo and Farnworth there too- Farnworth seems the most likely to leave but doesn’t necessarily mean he would come here…. Wouldn’t surprise me if he wound up in the dolphins number one jumper next year. People celebrating alpha getting one over pos and the dolphins but I’m afraid he’s playing checkers with a chess master.