Waiting For Premiership

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Idk man... Whenever Melbourne Players come here they get the "PLAYLIKESHITANDLEAVE" disease.
And as far as I know there is no known cure. (Although Scientists have reported there is this thing called "Hard Work" but I don't know it sounds risky)
Very, very risky and if not God damn dangerous . Could you ever imagine a full Warriors squad doing "Hard Work" this is not the path to go down....leave it alone, don't think like this, it just can't happen. Never !!!
 

Horriors2014

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Mar 16, 2014
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Idk man... Whenever Melbourne Players come here they get the "PLAYLIKESHITANDLEAVE" disease.
And as far as I know there is no known cure. (Although Scientists have reported there is this thing called "Hard Work" but I don't know it sounds risky)

That is an understandable point of view. And in support of your argument, before Harris came to prominence Proctor was the second rower who got all the tries. Then Harris. The Storm love making plays with mobile second rowers. on the surface it would seem like anybody can look good if they are part of a gun play. Even Dane Nielsen.

But the first thing you get with Proctor and Harris is consistency. They don't make mistakes on defence or with ball in hand. And that is our number 1 problem isn't it? Hoffman fulfils that to an extent. But Harris is a younger, bigger, more skillful upgrade. He's hungry and not looking to retire at home.

All we need now is for Jesse Bromwich to follow him here :)
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Yeah that fear is quite an understandably one for most Warriors fans whenever a Storm player is signed. Especially one with a known, or so we thought, track record like Todd Lowrie and Dane Nielsen. Only player that ever came out trumps was a then little known James Maloney. Even Ryan Hoffman hasnt quite lived up to the price tag although he is a capable player.

Equally as terrifying is the 4 year term!

Nothing against Tohu Harris Harris who is a sensational player but thats outside one of the best forward packs in the world. We dont have that same size and agility here at the Warriors. Not even close in fact.

Despite that he is a workhorse and a suitable replacement for Ryan Hoffman. Capable of playing 80 minutes and earns his bread and butter 100m, 30 tackles a game at the very least. Would also imagine he is cheaper than Hoffman as well who was signed during the Bell era.

Only time will tell how astute this signing is...
 

diehard

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Yeah that fear is quite an understandably one for most Warriors fans whenever a Storm player is signed. Especially one with a known, or so we thought, track record like Todd Lowrie and Dane Nielsen. Only player that ever came out trumps was a then little known James Maloney. Even Ryan Hoffman hasnt quite lived up to the price tag although he is a capable player.

Equally as terrifying is the 4 year term!

Nothing against Tohu Harris Harris who is a sensational player but thats outside one of the best forward packs in the world. We dont have that same size and agility here at the Warriors. Not even close in fact.

Despite that he is a workhorse and a suitable replacement for Ryan Hoffman. Capable of playing 80 minutes and earns his bread and butter 100m, 30 tackles a game at the very least. Would also imagine he is cheaper than Hoffman as well who was signed during the Bell era.

Only time will tell how astute this signing is...
Thought Hoff was on about half a million, while Harris "wanted" $750,000?
https://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league...linches-ryan-hoffman-deal-20140510-382cz.html
the club's (Storm) initial offer was below his asking price of $750,000 a season. ...
 
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STEEDEN

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Nov 7, 2014
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Family first for Tohu Harris Harris

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Not many NRL players would choose to leave a successful club like Melbourne Storm but for Tohu Harris Harris the chance to return home to New Zealand was too good to pass up.

Just 25 and entering the prime of his career, Harris made the surprising call to exit the Storm at the end of this season to take up a four-year deal with the Warriors.

A desire to raise his young family on home soil was the chief reason behind the move.

The prospect of a new challenge with a Warriors team on the rise and a chance to play under former Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney were also big factors.

"I never really thought of leaving the club but the opportunity came up and it was really beneficial for myself and my young family," Harris explained.

"My wife and I thought long and hard about it and it's something that's really going to benefit us, so that was what the move was based on.

We're really happy with the decision.

"I've got one little boy that's eight months old so we took him into account and we really want him to grow up in New Zealand and be around a lot more family."

Warriors' fans have been doing celebratory backflips since Harris' signing was announced earlier this month, with the skilful and hardworking backrower set to bring a new dimension to the side's pack.

Kearney's arrival at the Warriors late last year has helped continue the club's gradual plan initiated by managing director Jim Doyle to improve and strengthen the club's culture and playing roster.

Harris will further bolster the club's Kiwi credentials, slotting in alongside test teammates Simon Mannering, Issac Luke, Shaun Johnson, Kieran Foran and captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

He is confident the Warriors are headed in the right direction and is looking forward to helping the club in their quest for consistency and success, but remains reluctant to look too far into the future.

"That's what they want to do and they've got people in place to do it," he said.

"I know the type of person Mooks [Kearney] is and I know the type of culture that he wants because of the type of person he is.

"They're looking really good for the future but I'm not really thinking about that at the moment. Because of the change of environment, change of club and different people it's always going to be a new and exciting challenge but it's one that, now that the decision's been made, I've sort of put it to one side and am able to focus on this year.

"That's a huge benefit from having made this decision this early. I just want to worry about this year."

I pretty much grew up here at the Storm and it's going to be hard leaving. I'll miss the players. They're not just good players, they're good people.
Tohu Harris Harris


It's not often Storm coach Craig Bellamy loses a grip on one of his best players and Harris's teammates are still reeling from the news of his pending departure.

Fellow forward, friend and Kiwis teammate Jesse Bromwich's disappointment was clear as he described his shock at Harris' decision, which together with the off season exit of three other senior players signals a changing of the guard at Melbourne.

"I was a bit surprised," said Bromwich. "I saw him as someone who was going to be here long-term.

"The club had already lost enough with Marika [Koroibete], Blake [Green] and Kevin [Proctor] leaving, now with 'T' going back home to the Warriors. But it is what it is.

"It definitely feels like it [a changing of the guard].

"Probably more for me, because they're all my close mates.

"I've played with them for a long time.

"It does feel a bit funny, these guys leaving. It will feel funny playing against them this year but that's business these days."

Melbourne's long reign of success is rightfully attributed to the near peerless coaching of Bellamy and the contribution and influence of Kangaroos and Queensland trio, captain Cameron Smith, halfback Cooper Cronk and fullback Billy Slater, but the contribution of the quiet and unassuming Harris cannot be downplayed.

"He's just very reliable," said Bromwich. "He hasn't missed many games, plays 80 minutes, he's very skilled, and does a lot of things that go unnoticed.

"He doesn't get the raps he deserves because of the players that we have in our team.

"He'll be good for the Warriors. It's a sad loss for us but good luck to him. I hope he goes well but not too good."

It was late last year when Bellamy first learned that Harris was considering flying the coop.

While Harris says his long-time mentor did not reveal too much other than obvious and understandable disappointment, Bellamy is reasonably philosophical about the situation and insists he was not overly surprised.

"First I heard anything were a few rumours during the [Four Nations] tour," said Bellamy.

"But the first time I realised they were pretty serious was when Tohu Harris actually told me he was going.

"Those things happen. Tohu Harris's done what he thinks is right for his family and whatever so at the end of the day it's done now so we're moving on.

"I'm surprised by a lot of things in the game. You go to work each day and two or three things will happen that surprise you."

Having been with the club since he was 17, Harris admits it will be tough leaving behind his Storm family and it's the quality of his friends and teammates that he'll miss.

"I pretty much grew up here at the Storm and it's going to be hard leaving some of the players that I've played every year with.

"I'll miss the players and the people they are.

"They're not just good players, they're good people, and we're all really close friends off the field and that was the hardest thing about leaving the club. That's something that I'll really miss."

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11803501
 

Miket12

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Harris is set to miss the first eight weeks of the season after suffering a stress fracture of his left foot.
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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NRL: Kiwis Tohu Harris Harris will miss the start of the NRL season after breaking his foot
4:43 PM Friday Feb 24, 2017
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Tohu Harris Harris of the Storm runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm. Photo / Getty Images.

Melbourne's Kiwi Test backrower Tohu Harris Harris is set to miss the opening weeks of the NRL season with a stress fracture in his foot which was diagnosed after their final trial against the Bulldogs in Hobart.

"He's had a sore foot for a little bit and we thought it was part of an ankle injury but it wasn't so he's in a boot for a little bit and it will take him a while to get back," Storm coach Craig Bellamy said.

That leaves the Storm without either of their backrowers from last year's grand final, with Kevin Proctor now playing with Gold Coast.

Melbourne veteran Billy Slater will also miss the first few rounds of the NRL season as he continues his comeback from shoulder surgery.

Bellamy said Slater's recovery is tracking well but they don't want to risk him with their round one clash with the Bulldogs at Belmore Oval next Friday night looming.

"We're really happy with the way it's progressing but I'm pretty sure he won't be playing the first couple of rounds," Bellamy said at the Storm's season launch.

"We've waited a long time so we're not going to take any risks with him physically or mentally."

The absence of Slater means Bellamy must decide between shifting his first choice five-eighth Cameron Munster back to fullback, which he so ably covered last year, or trying to get his new halves combination settled. Munster will move into the No.6 jersey this season following the departure of Blake Green to Manly. "That's the situation we're in," Bellamy said.

"Obviously Cameron has trained mostly in the halves in the pre-season so to put him back there would be a big call but having said that we've got to do what we think is best thing for the team. "Hopefully by Monday or Tuesday we will know what we're doing and train from there."

Injuries aside, Bellamy said he felt his team were in good shape ahead of round one. "The trials have been pretty good - we were a bit unhappy with our first 20 minutes last week but the boys fought back strongly in the second half."

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11807085
 

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snake77

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Had to laugh at one of the articles reporting his injury. Warriors signing out for 8 weeks.

If it wasn't clear it was Harris or I hadn't already seen it you would think it is someone we signed for 2017.

If it was in the later round affecting his off season or troubles him all year then we can worry. At the moment its no big deal.

The only concern would be if they rush him back. Can understand as I was saying the same with Tomkins when he said we rushed him back on his knee. We needed him on the field not resting for Wigan the following year.

This injury will keep Harris out of the Anzac test as well.
 

jonno

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Jul 13, 2014
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Future Warriors Player Tohu Harris Harris.


2016 season: 27 Games played.
8 Tries, 2 Goals, 133 running meters ave, 30 tackles ave (1.33 missed), 77 mins ave, 10 line breaks, 23 Offloads, 62 tackle breaks, 2 try assists, 10 errors (0.37 ave).

Age 25, 104 FG Games, 14 International Games, 112Kgs.
 

AusWarriorsFan

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Sep 4, 2016
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We havnt had a forward that can offload and break a tackle since Ben Matulino 4 years ago. We simply have crap forwards, Mannering is reliable at least. Without second phase play you cant win in the NRL. something the warriors use to excel at.

I feel sorry for Tohu Harris coming to this club.
 

jonno

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Jul 13, 2014
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We havnt had a forward that can offload and break a tackle since Ben Matulino 4 years ago. We simply have crap forwards, Mannering is reliable at least. Without second phase play you cant win in the NRL. something the warriors use to excel at.

I feel sorry for Tohu Harris coming to this club.
Mannering is one of the best defenders in the NRL. On top of that, his hit ups are solid, and his leadership is first class.

I would never degrade him by calling him reliable. He's a fricken machine.
 

AusWarriorsFan

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Sep 4, 2016
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Mannering is one of the best defenders in the NRL. On top of that, his hit ups are solid, and his leadership is first class.

I would never degrade him by calling him reliable. He's a fricken machine.

Im not degrading him, like I said hes reliable. Thats not what I can say about any other warrior. Tonights performance, Id keep Mannering and chuck the rest for a spell in second grade, especially the spine.
 

AusWarriorsFan

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Sep 4, 2016
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Cant wait, finally another attacking forward like Thompson and Bunty Afoa. Hopefully be bring second phase play.

All the NZ players coming to the warriors so far have been a let down. I dont think Tohu Harris will be.

I agree, sack the whole lot except Thompson, Mannering, Bunty, Vete, maybe Gubb (as hes as good as Bull IMO). But once Matulino decided NRL was about running the ball up and not offloading, about the same time he lost the shoulder charge, we havnt had a second phase player since. Tohu Harris WILL provide this and hopefully inspire some forwards to do more than tackle and run for 3 metres a hit up.
 

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