Jordan G

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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.

What do Vete, Thompson, Gubb bring? If we can find better replacements they'll be gone in a heartbeat.
 

tajhay

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Mar 30, 2012
10,501
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I hate to call bullshit, but bullshit. DCE had until round 13 to backflip. But when he did that, the rules were changed that the contract was registered not at round 13 but after the 10 day cooling off period.
Yep thats correct. And the Warriors only announced the deal after the 10 day cooling period had expired.

Poor guy.
 
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snake77

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Jul 12, 2013
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We really would be screwed for 2018 if he did try and renege on his deal.

It's well past the cooling off period so if there is anything to it we would be looking at a similar situation to Wiki at the Raiders. Or Tallis sitting out a year instead of going back to the Dragons or Steve Turner when he refused to go to the Gold Coast.
 

Jordan G

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This sounds like pub bullshit where some guy who is 4 rounds in just starts talking like he knows what's going on even though he isn't caught up on the current rules.
 

Jaka

Warriors Bench Player
May 22, 2016
132
Newcastle Australia
I know us warriors die hard supporters here we go sunario but the thread that i read gives lets me breath a little bit of hope reading TH reasoning for this club.To be honest i wouldnt have listened to his latest thread but i really think he was duped for the player of the grand final which makes me hold him in high regards.The mans got some direction and passion for this club.Finally Roger isnt on his own
 
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Worried2Death

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Mar 6, 2016
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TH and SK are saying all the right things
Tohu Harris to bring Storm spirit to Warriors

Tohu Harris says he is no saviour but insists if the New Zealand Warriors players buy into the formula that made the Melbourne Storm a powerhouse then better days will be ahead.

The 25-year-old Kiwi international signed in January a four-year deal with the Warriors.

From the outside looking in it was a big call, leaving a heavyweight club for perennial Telstra Premiership underachievers.

That has been the success of Melbourne where every single person bought in. That is what we need to buy into here.
Warriors recruit Tohu Harris

Harris, who was born in the North Island city of Hastings, said the reasons for his move were personal and professional.

"It was all about personal growth, trying to become more of a leader and taking a step in that direction," he said.

"There were opportunities to do that at Melbourne but they already had a leadership group there where you didn't really have to take that step up, just because they were there.

"So I've come to the Warriors to challenge myself and grow as a person and a player.

"The change was made easy because my wife [Natalie] and I have a little one and we wanted him to grow up around my family and New Zealand culture.

"To also achieve something at this club that has never been done before would be a dream come true."

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Warriors recruit Tohu Harris celebrates winning the 2017 NRL Grand Final with the Storm.©NRL Photos

Harris, whose last game for Melbourne was in the triumphant grand final side, left a club that has made the finals series every year for the past six seasons and won two premierships along the way for a team that has failed to make the playoffs for six consecutive seasons.

He knows from his Melbourne years what the ingredients for success are.

Harris is impressed with the Warriors' off-season signings such as Adam Blair, Blake Green and Gerard Beale, but issued words of warning.

"You can't just rely on big names or even a group of people for success," he said.

"The effort has got to come from 1 to 30. In the past people have celebrated big signings that the club has made but it may not have turned out.

"There is never one saviour. I know it is not going to take one person to do that and I am not going to be the answer to all of it.

"It will be an effort from every single person at this club that needs to change the club's fortunes around.

"That has been the success of Melbourne where every single person bought in. That is what we need to buy into here."

Harris received no interest from the Warriors as a youth and would likely still be playing locally in New Zealand if not for Melbourne's interest.


"It was a Storm camp that gave me the opportunity to go to Melbourne otherwise I would still be in Hawkes Bay somewhere," Harris said.

"A premiership in my last game was the best way to finish. It would have been hard leaving without being able to achieve that."

There are familiar faces at the Warriors. Harris worked with Kearney at the Kiwis when he was coach and had a close association with new head conditioner Alex Corvo when he was at the Storm.

"There is no way you can't be training and working hard with Alex around. He is big on making sure you do all the little things right that are the building blocks of becoming a successful player and a successful team," Harris said.

"When I first went to Melbourne he was there and he helped me build the base of the player I've had the opportunity to become.

"I think it will be great for the young players and the club as whole that they will have that sort of work ethic built into them."

Kearney believes Harris can be an outstanding role model for his younger teammates.

The man himself explained his own development had been due to mentors he also depended on.

"My wife has been huge for me. We are not big social people so we rely on each other," Harris said.

"She is always challenging me to be a better person and a better player. She knows when I am putting in and when I am not and is my biggest support.

"Professionally, [Storm assistant coach] Adam O'Brien has been my coach at Melbourne every single year I was there. He's been a big factor in my career."

https://www.nrl.com/news/2017/12/16/tohu-harris-to-bring-storm-spirit-to-warriors/
 
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snake77

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Jul 12, 2013
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Auckland
As Harris signed so early in the recruitment drive he pretty much has flown under the raider as far as discussion goes. Also maybe less discussion as there is less contention with his signing as it fills a positional need and there is no question marks over his age and can he last the full term of his contract.

Harris is probably our marque signing for 2018.
 

AlexM

1st Grade Fringe
Feb 19, 2017
2,524
As Harris signed so early in the recruitment drive he pretty much has flown under the raider as far as discussion goes. Also maybe less discussion as there is less contention with his signing as it fills a positional need and there is no question marks over his age and can he last the full term of his contract.

Harris is probably our marque signing for 2018.
He is currently the highest paid second rower in the comp.
Fox saying is salary is around 750,000
 

Tragic

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 27, 2016
4,627
Kumeu
He is currently the highest paid second rower in the comp.
Fox saying is salary is around 750,000
He is a good signing I suppose but didnt make the top 5 in the dally M's this year I dont think, so lucky to be highest paid but unlucky to be playing for us, so swings and roundabouts.
I know we have to pay more for players but sounds like he wanted to come home so we might have overpaid for him but not as much s we overpaid for others I reckon.
Doesnt sound like we are winning many negotiations with players.
 

brightman

1st Grade Fringe
May 18, 2012
3,765
Auckland
He is a good signing I suppose but didnt make the top 5 in the dally M's this year I dont think, so lucky to be highest paid but unlucky to be playing for us, so swings and roundabouts.
I know we have to pay more for players but sounds like he wanted to come home so we might have overpaid for him but not as much s we overpaid for others I reckon.
Doesnt sound like we are winning many negotiations with players.
He couldn't have been in the running for Dally M's because of his late start to the season (2 months) but his form in the Finals & GF were a true reflection of his standing in the game.
Given the choice I'd pick Tohu Harris over Cordner or even Gillet..
 

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