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NRL: Warriors set to sign Gold Coast Titans forward Agnatius Paasi
11 Oct, 2017 10:56am
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The Warriors are in line to sign former club junior-turned-Gold Coast forward Agnatius Paasi. Photo / Getty Images.
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By: David Skipwith
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david.skipwith@nzherald.co.nz@dskipwithNZH

The Warriors were keen on Tagataese but the 30-year-old was only available for one season, while Paasi is seen as a better value for money buy with greater upside in his development.

Paasi's presence will heat up competition for spots in the Warriors pack, with fellow new signings Adam Blair, Tohu Harris and Pulu, joining the likes of existing forwards James Gavet, Sam Lisone, Albert Vete, Simon Mannering, Bunty Afoa and rookie Isaiah Papali'i.

The versatile prop, back-rower or lock came through the ranks at the Warriors and made his NRL debut against the Brisbane Broncos late in the 2014 season, before joining the Titans on a modest train and trial deal in 2015.

Impressive form saw him rewarded with a contract extension and he was a standout performer at the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines, where he was named in the Team of the Tournament, and he didn't miss a match all year, playing 25 games for the Gold Coast.

But after undergoing shoulder surgery over the off-season, the injury continued to affect him this year when he was sidelined for two months, before he returned to make 11 appearances - including his 50th first grade match.

On Tuesday, the Warriors confirmed the signing of Kiwis international and versatile outside back Peta Hiku on a three-year deal, after fellow New Zealand test player Gerard Beale also signed a three-year contract last month.

Meanwhile, Warriors CEO Cameron George insists the club is yet to confirm who will fill the touted Director of Football role, after recent reports linked former Warrior Motu Tony to the job.

The 36-year-old is returning to New Zealand from the UK after a successful stint as recruitment manager for Hull FC, but the Herald understands the Warriors are in talks with a couple of other interested parties.

"Announcements around our football department will occur over the next couple of weeks but at this stage we haven't appointed anyone to the proposed Football Director role," said George.

"Motu I understand is relocating back to New Zealand but he certainly hasn't been signed by the club in any capacity.

"Not to say that he wouldn't be in the picture but right at this point in time he hasn't been signed at all to the club."
 
Also on a side note, a knowledgeable follower of the Storm reckons that with munster taking over Cronks role, you'll see no major changes in the team dynamic or play style. Maintains they have been practising with him in that role most of the year to get ready for the transition.
A few lessons to be learned there about succession planning. Not surprised the Storm will have a sustainable plan to cover for the retirement of their champions.

Paasi coming back will be interesting. From what I have seen of him at the Titans he has been going well since he left. We might as well strike before they sign a coach who will come in and review their roster.

Adding Paasi to Harris, Puulu, Blair as recruitments means we will have a quite a different look up front. Then add in Love-Henry who could also be in the mix. The two outside backs also mean our top 17 will be quite different in 2018.

The last few years we have rebuilt slowly. This year with the number coming in the club is definitely taking a different approach.
 

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Paasi would be great, you wouldn’t be relying on someone who could MAYBE make an impact, you’d be getting someone who has already shown he can do it. Will be 26 next season, good age.

I kind of like the idea of Blair leading around these younger guys, instead of the least intimidating pair in the comp lillyman and matulino.

I know people will say late shotting halfbacks isn't intimidation, but some intent is better than zero intent.
 

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NRL: Warriors set to sign Gold Coast Titans forward Agnatius Paasi
11 Oct, 2017 10:56am
3 minutes to read

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The Warriors are in line to sign former club junior-turned-Gold Coast forward Agnatius Paasi. Photo / Getty Images.
b91f5014-267c-469d-9035-f461aa888ff9.png

By: David Skipwith
Sports writer
david.skipwith@nzherald.co.nz@dskipwithNZH

The Warriors were keen on Tagataese but the 30-year-old was only available for one season, while Paasi is seen as a better value for money buy with greater upside in his development.

Paasi's presence will heat up competition for spots in the Warriors pack, with fellow new signings Adam Blair, Tohu Harris and Pulu, joining the likes of existing forwards James Gavet, Sam Lisone, Albert Vete, Simon Mannering, Bunty Afoa and rookie Isaiah Papali'i.

The versatile prop, back-rower or lock came through the ranks at the Warriors and made his NRL debut against the Brisbane Broncos late in the 2014 season, before joining the Titans on a modest train and trial deal in 2015.

Impressive form saw him rewarded with a contract extension and he was a standout performer at the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines, where he was named in the Team of the Tournament, and he didn't miss a match all year, playing 25 games for the Gold Coast.

But after undergoing shoulder surgery over the off-season, the injury continued to affect him this year when he was sidelined for two months, before he returned to make 11 appearances - including his 50th first grade match.

On Tuesday, the Warriors confirmed the signing of Kiwis international and versatile outside back Peta Hiku on a three-year deal, after fellow New Zealand test player Gerard Beale also signed a three-year contract last month.

Meanwhile, Warriors CEO Cameron George insists the club is yet to confirm who will fill the touted Director of Football role, after recent reports linked former Warrior Motu Tony to the job.

The 36-year-old is returning to New Zealand from the UK after a successful stint as recruitment manager for Hull FC, but the Herald understands the Warriors are in talks with a couple of other interested parties.

"Announcements around our football department will occur over the next couple of weeks but at this stage we haven't appointed anyone to the proposed Football Director role," said George.

"Motu I understand is relocating back to New Zealand but he certainly hasn't been signed by the club in any capacity.

"Not to say that he wouldn't be in the picture but right at this point in time he hasn't been signed at all to the club."

another part of the story that was missing.

The Warriors are close to adding another signing to their roster for next season after making an offer for Gold Coast Titans forward Agnatius Paasi.

The 25-year-old former Warrior has recently been sighted in Auckland and despite being contracted to the Titans through until the end of 2018, is believed to be seeking a release on compassionate grounds to allow him to move back to New Zealand.

The Herald understands the Warriors yesterday tabled a two-year offer to Paasi's agent and both parties are close to agreeing to a deal that would see him join former Gold Coast teammate Leivaha Pulu at the Penrose-based club.

The Warriors interest in Paasi comes after the club considered numerous recruitment options to bolster their forward depth and experience - including off-contract Cronulla Sharks front-rower Sam Tagataese.

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NRL: Warriors set to sign Gold Coast Titans forward Agnatius Paasi
11 Oct, 2017 10:56am
3 minutes to read

YCK4G4S5NRENLBIX3YUDBKWKVU.jpg

The Warriors are in line to sign former club junior-turned-Gold Coast forward Agnatius Paasi. Photo / Getty Images.
b91f5014-267c-469d-9035-f461aa888ff9.png

By: David Skipwith
Sports writer
david.skipwith@nzherald.co.nz@dskipwithNZH

The Warriors were keen on Tagataese but the 30-year-old was only available for one season, while Paasi is seen as a better value for money buy with greater upside in his development.

Paasi's presence will heat up competition for spots in the Warriors pack, with fellow new signings Adam Blair, Tohu Harris and Pulu, joining the likes of existing forwards James Gavet, Sam Lisone, Albert Vete, Simon Mannering, Bunty Afoa and rookie Isaiah Papali'i.

The versatile prop, back-rower or lock came through the ranks at the Warriors and made his NRL debut against the Brisbane Broncos late in the 2014 season, before joining the Titans on a modest train and trial deal in 2015.

Impressive form saw him rewarded with a contract extension and he was a standout performer at the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines, where he was named in the Team of the Tournament, and he didn't miss a match all year, playing 25 games for the Gold Coast.

But after undergoing shoulder surgery over the off-season, the injury continued to affect him this year when he was sidelined for two months, before he returned to make 11 appearances - including his 50th first grade match.

On Tuesday, the Warriors confirmed the signing of Kiwis international and versatile outside back Peta Hiku on a three-year deal, after fellow New Zealand test player Gerard Beale also signed a three-year contract last month.

Meanwhile, Warriors CEO Cameron George insists the club is yet to confirm who will fill the touted Director of Football role, after recent reports linked former Warrior Motu Tony to the job.

The 36-year-old is returning to New Zealand from the UK after a successful stint as recruitment manager for Hull FC, but the Herald understands the Warriors are in talks with a couple of other interested parties.

"Announcements around our football department will occur over the next couple of weeks but at this stage we haven't appointed anyone to the proposed Football Director role," said George.

"Motu I understand is relocating back to New Zealand but he certainly hasn't been signed by the club in any capacity.

"Not to say that he wouldn't be in the picture but right at this point in time he hasn't been signed at all to the club."

Interesting given how they just brought a house in Runaway Bay in the Gold Coast only a year ago. My mrs is friends with his partner so will see if I can any more info to see if this is just a rumour or more to it.
 
I guess I'm the only one not over the moon about this Paasi signing. He's not exactly a big forward, in fact he's on the smaller side. Plus that shoulder injury busted him badly. Would be surprised if he ever got back to his 2016 form.
 
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I guess I'm the only one not over the moon about this Paasi signing. He's not exactly a big forward, in fact he's on the smaller side. Plus that shoulder injury busted him badly. Would be surprised if he ever got back to his 2016 form.

Your right about the shoulder, he started off with a hiss and a roar this season then cracked his shoulder blade in round 4 and was out for a couple of months, when he came back he was playing on painkillers but still feeling it on contact.

He had clean out surgery on it recently he'll now have several months too strengthen it back up, but yep the nature of the sport means shoulder reco's can take a while to come right particularly if your playing through the middle like he does.
 
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