Recruitment Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Signing & Sam Tomkins Release Discussion

Hitman82

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May 18, 2012
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I'll try and keep this topic centralised in this thread, so I've temporarily locked the signings & Tomkins threads.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been confirmed as a Warrior, while Sam Tomkins will be granted an early release from his three year deal.

The Auckland NRL club will confirm Tuivasa-Sheck's signing later today on a long term contract.

The Roosters fullback will join the Warriors at the end of this year, signed until the end of the 2018 season.

Meanwhile Tomkins, who is currently sidelined by a knee inury, will see out the season at Mt Smart before returning to the northern hemisphere.

Tuivasa-Sheck reportedly fielded a $800,000 contract offer from the Warriors, which was double what the Roosters were willing to pay in their attempts to keep the Kiwi international and stay under the salary cap.

The signing comes as a boost to the Warriors, who were unsuccessful in their earlier attempts to recruit Kieran Foran, Jason Taumalolo and Trent Merrin.

The former Otahuhu College student has been in scintillating form for the Roosters this year. He scored a stunning individual try and became just the 13th player in the NRL to run for more than 300 metres in last Sunday's loss to the Sharks.

His departure comes as a big blow for the Roosters, who groomed Tuivasa-Sheck as the long-term solution at fullback following the retirement of Anthony Minichiello.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11429298
 
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wallacenz

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May 7, 2012
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Announced on Radio Live news just now RTS expected to be a done deal for the Warriors, Tomkins to be granted an early release that he has requested
 

Jordan G

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Seeing as the nzherald is Nines source they're pretty much confirming the nzherald confirmation that we're soon expecting confirmation.

Looks to be a done deal (an actual done deal, not the kind you get from metallic felines), just have to wait for that actual confirmation.
 

Inruin

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May 19, 2012
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Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan said earlier on Wednesday morning the side were anxious to retain the quick-stepping Kiwi international, but wouldn't have been able to "go anywhere near" the Warriors' offer.
"We're very keen to keep him, but we do have a thing called the salary cap," he told AAP.
"If the reported figures are correct from other clubs, we can't go anywhere near that."
:playful: trying to contain myself here. Next thing you know we will have a Bunnies CEO coming out and saying they have a salary cap. Has the Rugby league world gone mad? :wacky:
 

ShaunJohnson7

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May 9, 2012
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Weak on Tomkins part if he is indeed leaving because of a homesick partner. This is his profession and he is on good coin here and it was only for one more year after this. Surely his partner can go back home for stints if it really is that unbearable here?

I was up in the air about this but thinking about it, if Tomkins was definitely going to go next season and we instead get a guy 4 years younger on a 3 year deal then really it's a no brainer isn't it? If our hands were tied with Tomkins then the club has done exceptionally well to lure a young guy of RTS talent here. Well done!
 

Johnnyray

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:playful: trying to contain myself here. Next thing you know we will have a Bunnies CEO coming out and saying they have a salary cap. Has the Rugby league world gone mad? :wacky:
Yeah probably ! Some guy over on Roosters board "The Chookpen" has just posted that he hasn't been this upset since they let Ricky Stuart go ! God knows why ... o_O
 

Hitman82

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May 18, 2012
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/67650234/roosters-fullback-roger-tuivasasheck-signs-with-warriors-for-three-years

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has joined the Warriors on a three-year deal and will play for the club from next season, while Sam Tomkins will return to England.

As Stuff.co.nz reported in January, the NZ franchise were interested in bringing the Kiwis and Roosters fullback back to Auckland and they are believed to have paid over $800,000 for his services.

Tuivasa-Sheck will be a like-for-like replacement for Tomkins, who will leave the club a year early having failed to settle in New Zealand.

The Warriors have been trying to help a homesick Tomkins adjust to life in New Zealand, but this hasn't happened and there was a feeling this was affecting his performances.

He'll leave the country at the end of the season and be able to play without any pressure now a decision has been made.

Tomkins showed just how talented he is in the couple of games he played this year before getting injured and it's no coincidence the club's performances dropped away in losses to the Broncos and Storm in the past fortnight.

Tuivasa-Sheck grew up in South Auckland and was nabbed by the Roosters at an early age, with the Warriors not showing enough interest in him.

The 21-year-old won the award for the winger of the year in the NRL last season and has been in stunning form again this year after his switch to fullback, replacing the retired Anthony Minichiello.

In the club's loss to the Sharks last weekend, Tuivasa-Sheck ran for over 300 metres.

The Warriors have been looking to land a marquee signing for a number of months, but missed out on Kieran Foran, Trent Merrin and Jason Taumalolo.
 

Est95

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May 11, 2012
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Tuivasa-Sheck will be a like-for-like replacement for Tomkins, who will leave the club a year early having failed to settle in New Zealand.

The Warriors have been trying to help a homesick Tomkins adjust to life in New Zealand, but this hasn't happened and there was a feeling this was affecting his performances.

He'll leave the country at the end of the season and be able to play without any pressure now a decision has been made.
This makes no sense to me, I thought he was happy here! Went to the beach after training etc... I feel betrayed lol
 
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Afakasi247

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The Warriors have been trying to help a homesick Tomkins adjust to life in New Zealand, but this hasn't happened and there was a feeling this was affecting his performances.
The fuck? Tomkins had only been getting better and better as the games went on and he adjusted to the NRL game. In the 1 and a half games he played this season he was instrumental for our attack (as he became during the end of last season).

Fuck I'm hoping the Tomkins side to this report is just over exaggeration and journalists trying to but A and C together to make a side-story to the RTS scoop.
 
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Rotang

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Welcome to RTS, and bye bye to Pomkins. Stoked to have Roger on board. Great stuff. I liked Pomkins, but if he doesn't want to be here, so be it.
 
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jsmooove

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May 18, 2012
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can you imagien RTS running off some of our offloads, ive always said this but we need a good support player. when was the last good supporting FB we had? wade mckinnon?