General Warriors Where Are They Now 2023?


Milne was sacked by the Wests Tigers in April 2018 after failing a drugs test. He joined the Mount Pritchard Mounties for the remainder of the 2018 season.

On 4 November, Milne signed a two-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors. Milne had written a letter to coach Stephen Kearney asking him for a second chance to play in the NRL.

Milne said "I told him I'm not a drug addict," Milne told the Telegraph. "I wrote to him – spelling errors and all – telling him that I wanted to play in the NRL again. That I owned up to my errors and I was on the right track. I knew I could offer something to the club".

In round 25 of the 2019 NRL season, Milne made his return to first grade and made his New Zealand Warriors debut against the Canberra Raiders.

On February 15 2020, Milne suffered a badly broken nose in the pre-season NRL Nines tournament. Then, in March, he suffered a season ending knee injury whilst playing for the New Zealand Canterbury Cup NSW team, and made no appearances in first grade for the season.

In October 2020, he signed a contract to join South Sydney for the 2021 NRL season.

On 1st September 2022 Milne had his contract extended by the Rabbitohs to the end of 2024...

Rabbitohs extend contracts of Milne, Tass, Thompson and Lovett until at least the end of 2024

South Sydney Rabbitohs
Thu 1 Sep 2022, 12:54 PM

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are delighted to announce the contract extensions of international Taane Milne, rookie centre Isaiah Tass, outside back Izaac Thompson and young back rower Ben Lovett until at least the end of the 2024 season.

Milne, 27, has played 49 NRL matches since making his debut for the Dragons on ANZAC Day in 2016, including 30 appearances for South Sydney since debuting for the Club against the Sharks in round ten, 2021.

Milne has played ten Test matches for Fiji, represented Fiji in the World Cup Nines, played for the Junior Kiwis and played in the Australian Schoolboys team in rugby union.

Rabbitohs Head of Football, Mark Ellison, says all four players have shown they have what it takes to compete at the NRL level of the game and beyond.

“We could not be happier knowing that Taane, Isaiah, Izaac and Ben see their futures at the Rabbitohs,” Mr Ellison said.

“Every time Taane steps onto the field you know he is going to give his all.

"No one can ever question his effort and his enthusiasm to play hard and compete which translates from his training and his interactions with the rest of the squad."

“He is full of energy and has shown great resilience to bounce back from a number of setbacks early in his career and we believe Taane’s best football is in front of him.

“‘Tassy’ has come along in leaps and bounds this year which is a testament to his willingness to work hard and learn from his experienced teammates around him.

“He has thrown himself into everything and has earned the opportunities he’s received this year.

"‘JD’ has shown faith in him and he’s repaid that faith with his excellent performances on the field and his dedication to his training and the Club off the field."


Name: Taane Milne
Date of Birth: 19 May 1995
Place of Birth: Auckland, NZ
Position: Centre, wing
Height: 183cm
Weight: 99kg
Junior Club: Clovelly Crocodiles
Previous Clubs: Dragons (2016-17); Warriors (2019-2020)
NRL Debut: Dragons vs Roosters, Allianz Stadium, 25 April 2016 (Rd 8)
Club Debut: Rabbitohs vs Sharks, Suncorp Stadium, 15 May 2021 (Rd 10)
NRL Games: 49 (30 for the Rabbitohs; one for the Warriors; 18 for the Dragons)
NRL Points: 60 (from 14 tries for the Rabbitohs; one try for the Dragons)
Rep Honours: Ten Tests for Fiji (2017,2019, 2022); World Cup (2017); Fiji at World Cup Nines (2019); Junior Kiwis (2014-15); Australian Schoolboys rugby union (2013)


Warriors signed Wayde Egan from the Penrith Panthers on a 3 year contract where he had played 29 games from 2018-2019. Egan was told by Penrith that he was free to look elsewhere for the 2020 season as his contract would not be renewed.

In December 2021 Egan signed for a further 2 years keeping him at the club until 2024...

Vodafone Warriors re-sign Egan for further two years

Richard Becht &
Thu 2 Dec 2021, 03:59 PM
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Hooker Wayde Egan has extended his time with the Vodafone Warriors after signing a new two-year contract until the end of the 2024 NRL season.

The 24-year-old, who was off contract after the 2022 season, will now stretch his stay to at least five seasons.

“We’re really excited to have Wayde with us for a further two years,” said Vodafone Warriors general manager football Craig Hodges.

“He impressed throughout the season giving us real consistency with his work at hooker.

“We like what he brings to the squad and to the club as a whole with his work ethic as well as his attitude off the field where he has a passion for community causes.”

Like many in the current squad, Egan is yet to play a home game at Mount Smart Stadium after appearing in 38 matches in his first two seasons with the club.

“What’s really impressive about Wayde is the way he’s always looking to improve his game,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown.

“He gave us tremendous value this year, performing consistently well and standing out as one of our best players across the season.”

The former Penrith hooker was among the four nominees for the club’s prestigious Simon Mannering Medal alongside Addin Fonua-Blake, Euan Aitken and award winner Tohu Harris Harris.

He appeared in 20 of the Vodafone Warriors’ 24 games scoring three tries while averaging almost 69 minutes a game and making a team-high 818 tackles (an average of almost 41 a game). He made more than 50 tackles in a game five times including a best of 59 against Cronulla Sutherland in round 17.

On attack he had eight try assists and eight line break assists, third best behind only Kodi Nikorima and Reece Walsh in each category.

Off the field Egan continued his involvement in community causes, most recently last month when he enlisted the support of some teammates for a 24-hour stationary bike ride to raise funds for the Gotcha4Life Foundation.

BornMarch 20, 1997
BirthplaceLithgow, NSW
Junior clubLithgow Storm
Previous clubsPenrith Panthers (2018-2019)
NRL debutPenrith Panthers v North Queensland Cowboys, 1300 SMILES Stadium, March 29, 2018 (Round 4)
Vodafone Warriors No240
Vodafone Warriors debutv Newcastle Knights, McDonald Jones Stadium, March 14, 2020 (Rd 1)
NRL career67 appearances (2018-2021)
Penrith Panthers: 29 appearances (2018-2019)
Vodafone Warriors: 38 appearances (2020-2021)
NRL points32 (8 tries)


Signed straight out of the Tamaki College 1st XV with much fanfare from the club. Originally signed on a train and trial contract during the 2019 preseason.

After impressing in the trial games Katoa made his debut off the bench in Round 1, 2020. By Round 4 he had made the starting second rower spot and the #11 his. About the same time Katoa signed a 4 year contract that would see him at the club until 2024.

In August 2022 the club announced that Katoa would be released 2 years early to join the Melbourne Storm for the 2023 season...

Katoa granted request for release at end of season

Richard Becht &
Mon 8 Aug 2022, 03:36 PM
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Vodafone Warriors second rower Eliesa Katoa has been granted a release to leave the club at the end of the season.

Katoa asked to be released so he can continue his career with another NRL club.

“We’re sympathetic to Eli’s circumstances,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“With so much competition for spots in the back row he hasn’t had as many opportunities as he would have liked this year. We’ve also made key signings in that area for next year so.

“We really appreciate the contribution Eli has made to our club since joining us and wish him every success for the future.”

Katoa has made 42 NRL appearances since his debut in 2020, all but one of them – against Melbourne on July 29 – played in Australia.


Everything is covered in the following articles and profile but TL: DR Jamayne Tounua-Brown was granted a release to join the North Queensland Cowboys after being loaned to the St George-Illawarra Dragons...

Taunoa-Brown granted request for release from contract

Richard Becht &
Thu 21 Oct 2021, 07:59 AM
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Front rower Jamayne Taunoa-Brown is leaving the Vodafone Warriors to continue his NRL career with another club.

The 24-year-old 2020-2021 Indigenous All-Stars prop was initially on a train and trial contract with the club before earning a fulltime deal for the 2020 season.

“Jamayne has asked for a release from his current contract and it has been granted,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

“Unfortunately we were unable to offer him a contract beyond 2022 so, with his best interests in mind, we’ve reluctantly agreed to let him go so he can accept a long-term offer for his future and security.

“It’s unfortunate to lose Jamayne as we have seen him progress from the Intrust Super Cup at Brisbane Norths to train and trial then a top 30 contract but we couldn’t stand in his way of accepting such a good offer considering our current crop of middles.

“We thank him for his efforts and wish him well moving forward.”

Taunoa-Brown made his NRL debut off the bench in the opening round of the 2020 season against the Newcastle Knights, going on to make 19 appearances in his rookie year.

He added 13 more matches this year to lift his club tally to 32 while he also had two games while on loan to the St George Illawarra Dragons.

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Height: 194 cm
Date of Birth: 17 November 1996
Weight: 111 kg
Birthplace: Melbourne, VIC
Age: 26
Nickname: Yung Maynie
Debut Club: New Zealand Warriors
Date: 14 March 2020
Opposition: Newcastle Knights
Round: 1
Previous Clubs: New Zealand Warriors, St. George Illawarra Dragons
Junior Club: Altona Roosters

Cowboys member number: 766444
A Melbourne Storm junior, Taunoa-Brown also spent time in the Newcastle Knights system before joining the Warriors prior to the 2020 season.

The 116kg middle forward made his NRL debut in Round 1 of the 2020 season and quickly established himself as a key member of the Warriors rotation, playing 19 of a possible 20 games.

Taunoa-Brown played a further 13 games for the Kiwi outfit in 2021 and two for St George Illawarra after joining the Dragons on a loan deal late in the season.
All-time favourite movie: Get Rich or Die Tryin’
Favourite athlete growing up: Greg Inglis
As a kid, what did you want to be when you were older: NRL player
What was your first job: Shop fitting
Who is your all-time favourite TV/movie character: Tommy Shelby (Peaky Blinders)
What is something you couldn’t live without: Music
What is something you think is overrated: Fast and Furious movies
What is something you think is underrated: A good night’s sleep


A Manurewa Marlins junior King Vuniyayawa was plucked out of the Fox Memorial competition to play for the Warriors ISP team from 2018 until his Round 1 debut in 2020 when he was signed to a 1 year deal.

After the 2020 season, where he played 4 1st grade games, he was released and on 17th January 2021 he signed a 1 year deal with the Leeds Rhinos.

On the 9th October 2021 Vuniyayawa signed a 2 year deal ending 2023 with the Salford Red Devils.

Salford sign Fijian prop King Vuniyayawa

by Luke Wallworth | Oct 9, 2021

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of Fijian international King Vuniyayawa on a two-year contract.

Prop or second-row forward, Vuniyayawa joins the Red Devils from fellow Betfred Super League side Leeds Rhinos.

The 26-year-old began his career in the NRL with New Zealand Warriors, before making the switch to Super League ahead of the 2021 season.

Speaking on signing for Salford, Vuniyayawa said: “I decided to come to Salford to take on new challenges and to keep progressing in terms of my footy.

Super League footy is quite different to NRL footy, so learning to adjust to the game and how they play over here has taken a bit of time for me but I’m getting there.

“With joining the Devils, I feel like it’s a good move for me to focus on myself and what I can bring to the team.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease commented: “I am pleased and excited to bring in a quality player like King Vuniyayawa to the Red Devils for the next two seasons.

“King will add some strength and size to our pack as we continue to build our squad for 2022 & onwards. Going forward King will get the opportunity to build his career with the Red Devils having agreed to join us from the Leeds Rhinos.

As a club, we will work hard with and give King our full backing to enable him to become a leading Super League forward.”


On 21 May 2020, Murchie was granted a release from Canberra Raiders to join the New Zealand Warriors on a one year deal. 9 days after joining the Warriors, Murchie made his New Zealand Warriors debut in round 3 against St. George Illawarra Dragons starting from the bench, in the 18–0 win.

On 3rd July 2020 Murchie was given a two year contract seeing him part of the team until the end of the 2022 season.

On 7 October 2022, Murchie signed with the Parramatta Eels on a two-year deal until the end of 2024.

Parramatta Eels Announce Key Player Signings
Fri 7 Oct 2022, 11:16 AM

The Eels also welcome the addition of Jack Murchie.

The back-rower has played 40 NRL games for the Canberra Raiders (3) and New Zealand Warriors (37) after debuting in 2018.

He has agreed on a two-year deal until the end of the 2024 season.


Poasa Faamausili was the first of our loan players to play 1st grade after the Sydney Roosters agreed to loan him to us after a spate of injuries to the Warriors team that was locked down due to covid.

Faamausili was recalled to the Roosters after their own injuries started to mount up.

On 15 October 2020, Faamausili signed a two-year deal with the St. George Illawarra Dragons.

On 17th October 2022 Faamausili was signed by the Dolphins for the 2023 season...

Monster pack builds with Faamausili signing

Dolphins Media
Mon 17 Oct 2022, 05:30 PM
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The Dolphins continue to build forward power for their 2023 NRL entry with the signing of Dragons’ prop Poasa Faamausili.

The 26-year-old has 39 matches of NRL experience under his belt for the Roosters, Warriors and Dragons since making his top-grade debut in 2018.

He will add further depth to an impressive middle forward roster for the Dolphins that already includes Jesse Bromwich, Mark Nicholls, Tom Gilbert, Ray Stone and Jarrod Wallace.

When you add internationals of the calibre of Felise Kaufusi and Kenny Bromwich at second row, the Dolphins will be taking a physical presence into their tilt at the NRL competition.
Dolphins’ chief executive Terry Reader said Faamausili would add another strong option to the club’s forwards rotation.

“One thing we have tried to do is make certain the Dolphins will have a forward pack that will compete with any other in the NRL,” said Reader.

“Our coach Wayne Bennett is a big believer in that and it has been part of our long-term strategy from the very first moment we started building our roster.

“Poasa will add more depth to that positional group on our list and we congratulate him on being part of the first ever Dolphins’ squad that will begin pre-season training in just a few weeks’ time.”

Identified by the Roosters as a teenager, Faamausili played three years of the NYC under-20s competition for the club, including being part of the 2016 premiership-winning team.

Faamausili started the grand final in the front row in a team that included current NRL players Joseph Manu, Victor Radley and Nat Butcher.

He made his NRL debut two years later for the Roosters and played 24 NRL matches for them before being loaned to the COVID-impacted Warriors team for four games in 2020.

He has played 11 matches for the Dragons since signing there at the start of the 2021 season.

Poasa Faamuasili​

Born: 14 February, 1996 (Auckland, NZ)
Height: 188cms
Weight: 108kg
NRL matches: 39
Previous clubs: Roosters, Warriors, Dragons


On 18 June 2020, Hetherington was temporarily released to join the New Zealand Warriors on loan from the Penrith Panthers. In Round 13, 2020, Hetherington was placed on report for a dangerous tackle on Manly player Martin Taupau. Hetherington was later suspended for four matches after pleading guilty to the dangerous tackle.

In October 2020, Hetherington was released by Penrith Panthers and he signed a 2 year contract to join Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

On 10th June 2022, Hetherington signed a 3 year contract to play with the Newcastle Knights.

Knights take two big forward steps

Newcastle Knights
Fri 10 Jun 2022, 06:00 PM
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The nib Newcastle Knights have added strength and toughness to their pack for next season and beyond, with confirmation of the signings of back rowers Adam Elliott and Jack Hetherington to three-year deals.

The signing of Hetherington represents a homecoming for the 26-year-old, who played his junior football with the Valentine Devils before relocating to the south-western NSW town of Young as a teenager.

The son of former Canberra Raiders forward Brett Hetherington, and the nephew of Australian and NSW representative Brett Mullins, Hetherington has featured in 43 first grade games for Penrith, the New Zealand Warriors and the Bulldogs since making his debut for the Panthers in 2018.

The hardworking powerhouse forward suffered a season ending shoulder injury in round three of 2022, forcing him to spend the remainder of the year in the rehabilitation group.

Newcastle Knights GM of Football Danny Buderus said these two signatures will bolster the depth of our playing roster.

“Both players will be a welcome addition to our club next season," Buderus said.

“They bring versality, leg speed and strong physical presence to our pack, which are key attributes and skillsets for the modern game.

“They share a hard-working attitude and a will to win, they both compete on every moment and that’s a great fit for the Newcastle Knights."

Hetherington and Elliot will relocate to Newcastle at the end of the season once their current club commitments have been fulfilled.

The Newcastle Knights look forward to introducing them to the Knights faithful supporters, in particular our loyal members at McDonald Jones Stadium.


Midway through the 2020 NRL season, Alvaro was loaned out to the struggling New Zealand Warriors side after making only one appearance for Parramatta. Alvaro made his debut for the New Zealand Warriors in their 26-20 victory over the Wests Tigers at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Round 12 2022.

On 17 December, Alvaro signed a two-year deal to join St. George Illawarra starting in 2021.

On 5 May, Alvaro signed a three-year deal to join Toulouse Olympique to help the French team avoid relegation from the Super League.

At the end of the 2022 season and with Toulouse being relegated Alvaro returned to Australia for family reasons.

Toulouse Olympique prop Daniel Alvaro leaves relegated Super League club for family reasons

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TOULOUSE Olympique prop Daniel Alvaro has left the club for family reasons, it has been reported.

The former St George Illawarra Dragons forward linked up with the French side midway through the 2022 Super League season in a bid to help the club stave off relegation.

Though the Italian international impressed in his short time in France, he will be returning to Australia for family reasons with Toulouse wanting to keep hold of him for the 2023 Championship season, according to Toulouse-Catalan Media.

Alvaro put in several man of the match performances in 2022 but couldn’t help Toulouse stay in the top flight, though the French club has been recruiting hard for next season in the second tier.

The likes of Reubenn Rennie, Jake Shorrocks and Sitaleki Akauola have joined for 2023 with all three having a big point to prove alongside the club itself following just one year in Super League.

We'll have to revisit this update in the near future to see what he's doing in 2023...
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Midway through the 2020 NRL season, George Jennings was loaned out to the New Zealand Warriors from the Parramatta Eels after making only one appearance for the Eels in Round 10. He made his debut for the club in their Round 12 victory over the Wests Tigers at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Jennings played 6 games in a row for the Warriors on the left wing scoring 2 tries before being recalled to the Eels in Round 19.

Jennings played only one more 1st grade game for the Eels during their semi final loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

On the 5th November 2020 the Melbourne Storm announced they had signed Jennings on a two year deal.

In the 2022 season opening game Jennings suffered a season-ending injury doing his ACL. On 24th August 2022 the Storm announced they had extended Jennings contract for the 2023 season...

Jennings back for 2023
Wed 24 Aug 2022, 02:59 PM
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Storm outside back George Jennings will make his return from injury in the purple jersey next year after signing on with the Club for the 2023 season.

Jennings made a big impression in his first year in Melbourne, playing 18 games in the run to the preliminary final in 2021.

He formed a great combination with fellow recruit Reimis Smith, crossing for a career-high 11 tries, including three doubles.

Now with 54 NRL games on his record, Jennings, unfortunately, had his 2022 campaign curtailed by a torn ACL suffered in the round one victory against Wests Tigers and has been working hard on his rehabilitation to get ready for the 2023 pre-season.

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Height: 185 cm
Date of Birth: 09 June 1993
Weight: 100 kg
Birthplace: Blacktown, NSW
Age: 29
Nickname: Jenkz
Debut Club: Penrith Panthers
Date: 08 March 2015
Previous Clubs: Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels, New Zealand Warriors

One of three Jennings brothers to play in the NRL, George enjoyed a career-best season in 2021, scoring 11 tries in 18 appearances and playing in two finals games.

Unfortunately, he suffered a season-ending ACL injury in round one of the 2022 season against Wests Tigers.

He is the nephew of 1960s All Black Arthur Jennings and became a first-time father (son Hunter) in January last year.

George is sponsored by City Mazda.


Paul Turner was awarded the Sonny Fai medal as the Jersey Flegg Player of the Year in 2019.

In Round 15 2020, Turner made his first grade debut against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in place of Chanel Harris-Tavita who failed his HIA.

In 2021, Turner played 2 games in Round 5 and 6.

On 4th May 2021 Turner the Warriors announced that Turner was leaving the club to continue his career elsewhere despite the Warriors offering more money. The Warriors were in negotiations with the Brisbane Broncos to do a straight player swap with Reece Walsh but after the deal was done the Broncos discovered they couldn't accomodate Turner.

On 7th June 2021 the Gold Coast Titans announced they had signed Turner on a 2 year deal starting 2022...

Turner a Titan from 2022
Mon 7 Jun 2021, 10:01 AM

The Gold Coast Titans have signed exciting backline prospect Paul Turner for the next two seasons.

The 20-year-old will be fit and ready to start the pre-season with the Titans in November.

Turner made his NRL debut with the New Zealand Warriors, playing at halfback in their round 15 game against the Bulldogs.

In 2021, he played from the interchange bench before sustaining a shoulder injury that ruled him out for the season.

Titans Coach Justin Holbook says he’s excited to work with Turner next season.

“To have Paul Turner join our Club is very exciting , he had a few clubs to choose from and he chose to become a Titan," Holbrook said.

"Paul is a young player that we would have seen a lot more of this year had he not been injured.

“Paul is versatile where he plays, he prefers the halves but he is equally as good at centre or fullback.

“That’s what you need in a player, as squads now we use a lot of players, so you need players that are versatile and can play a number of positions and Paul fills that role.

“He’s a really hard runner of the football that is extremely skilful, so that’s a really good mix especially with the new rules and how fast the game is getting.”

250. TOM ALE

Cannot find a single official release on Tom Ale signing but several online sources have him as contracted until 2023. Expect to see an update on this in the very near future...


Height: 183 cm
Date of Birth: 01 April 1999
Weight: 109 kg
Birthplace: Auckland, NZ
Age: 23
Debut Club: New Zealand Warriors
Date: 20 September 2020
Opposition: Canberra Raiders
Round: 19
Junior Club: Mount Albert Lions

Tom caught the eye as a schoolboy rugby union star, impressing for the Rotorua Boys' High School First XV where one of his teammates was fellow Vodafone Warrior Hayze Perham.

He represented the New Zealand Schoolboys rugby league side in 2018 and the Junior Kiwis in 2018.

The former under-20s forward spent almost all of the 2020 season training with the club’s wider squad on the Central Coast before being rewarded with his NRL debut from the interchange in the 19th round clash against the Canberra Raiders.


On August 11 2021, Euan Aitken signed a three-year deal to join the New Zealand Warriors starting in 2021. By the time he joined us he had played 121 games for the St George-Illawarra Dragons.

Aitken made his debut for New Zealand in Round 1 2021 against the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium. In the same match, Aitken picked up an ankle injury and was ruled out for four months.

In March, it was revealed that Aitken would be granted a release from his Warriors contract at the end of 2022, Aitken stating that he needs to remain living in Australia for family reasons.

He later signed a two-year deal with the Dolphins, an upcoming club in 2023.

Aitken made a total of 21 appearances for the Warriors and took away the 2022 Warriors Player of the Year award.

Dual threat Aitken adds versatility to Dolphins squad

Mon 23 May 2022, 11:07 AM
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The Dolphins have injected versatility and experience to their 2023 NRL playing roster with the signing of dual threat Euan Aitken from the Warriors.

The 26-year-old former Dragon began his career as a centre but has been playing in the second row for the Warriors, and is equally adept at both positions.

He will bring that adaptable skill set to the Dolphins’ foundation playing squad after signing a two-year agreement to be part of the club’s entry to the NRL.

Aitken will not have to move far to take up the new contract with his new club.

The Warriors are already based at Redcliffe’s Moreton Daily Stadium for the 2022 NRL season, which means Aitken will train out of the same change rooms and in the same gym next year for the Dolphins.

Dolphins’ chief executive Terry Reader said Aitken would bring balance to the new team’s squad and provide depth in two very important positions.

“Euan is a strong player who will add over 150 games of NRL experience to our squad when he joins us at the end of the year,” said Reader.

“Importantly, he is skillful enough to play either centre or on the edge at second row, and that is a valuable commodity in today’s NRL competition.

“He will also be able to bring some familiarity around our home base for our new squad after spending a full season training and playing there with his current club.

“Euan and the Warriors are currently three wins from three games at our home base of Moreton Daily Stadium this season – we hope he can see the same results with the Dolphins next year.”

After making his NRL debut with the Dragons in 2015, Aitken gained national honours when he played for the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII against Papua New Guinea and represented NSW Country in 2016.

As a junior he attained the highest levels of representation, turning out for both the Australian Schoolboys and Junior Kangaroos.

Euan Aitken
Born: 16 June, 1995
Place: Pambula, NSW
Height: 182cms
Weight: 96kg
Clubs: St George Illawarra Dragons (2015-20), Warriors (2021-22)
NRL games: 145
NRL Tries: 49


On 16 September 2020, Fonua-Blake handed in a transfer request despite having two years left on his contract. Fonua-Blake cited wanting to relocate out of Sydney with his young family for the decision.

On 22 September 2020, he announced via his Instagram account that he has agreed to join the New Zealand Warriors from the 2021 NRL season, with Manly having agreed to terminate the remainder of his contract.

On 28 January 2022 Fonua-Blake signed an extended contract till the end of the 2026 season...

Fonua-Blake extends contract to end of 2026 season

Richard Becht &
Fri 28 Jan 2022, 03:00 PM
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Imposing prop Addin Fonua-Blake will be with the Vodafone Warriors for another five years after today extending his existing three-year contract to the end of the 2026 NRL season.

The 26-year-old Mate Ma’a Tonga international told the club his desire to be a long-term Vodafone Warrior was the catalyst for his new deal.

“Having a player of Addin’s calibre for a further five years is absolutely huge for us,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“While he has had just one season with us he wanted to settle his long-term future well in advance of his current deal.

“After just one season here he’s extremely motivated to be with us for many years to come. He’s excited about what we can do and wants to be heavily involved in taking us forward.”

Fonua-Blake became one of the biggest acquisitions in the club’s history when he signed a three-year deal in 2020.

“I love being here and I’m excited about what’s ahead of us,” said Fonua-Blake.

“My family also loves it here and we can’t wait to get over to New Zealand and really experience what the club is all about.

“It just made sense to me to commit for the long-term right now. I didn’t want the distraction of contract negotiations later this year. I wanted it all sorted out now so my focus can be on playing footy for this club.”

While injury limited Fonua-Blake to 15 appearances in his debut season with the club he still made a significant impact culminating in him being voted the players’ player of the year by his peers.

“Addin fitted in immediately,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown.

“He has such an influence whenever he’s on the field so it’s great knowing he’s going to be with us for a lot of years to come. He’s making a huge difference to our club.”

In his 15 outings last year Fonua-Blake averaged 160 metres and 26 tackles a game with an impressive defensive efficiency rate of 96.8 per cent. He added 20 off loads and 33 tackle breaks.

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Height: 189 cm
Date of Birth: 06 November 1995
Weight: 123 kg
Birthplace: Meadowbank, NSW
Age: 27
Debut Club: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Date: 14 April 2016
Opposition: Parramatta Eels
Round: 7
Previous Club: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Junior Club: Mascot Jets, Sydney

The imposing 189cm, 118kg prop’s acquisition last September followed the signing of his Mate Ma'a Tonga teammate Ben Murdoch-Masila from Warrington, Parramatta Eels prop Kane Evans and St George Illawarra centre Euan Aitken plus ex-Canberra back rower Jack Murchie, who was signed on an extended deal after initially joining the Vodafone Warriors only until the end of the 2020 season.

Fonua-Blake, who was granted a release from his contract with Manly after playing his 97th and last match for the club on September 11, didn’t line up for the Sea Eagles in their season-ending encounter with the Vodafone Warriors.

After being used predominantly as an interchange prop in his first two seasons he had been a first-choice starting front rower for Manly since 2018.

In 15 appearances in 2020 averaged 167 metres and 26 tackles a game while across his career he averages 125 metres and 21 tackles a match.

He made his international debut with the Kiwis in 2017 but then switched to Tonga in 2018 and has been a key contributor to the island nation's development into a world force.

Fonua-Blake had an outstanding debut for his new club as Vodafone Warrior #252 in the 19-6 season-opening win over Gold Coast on March 13, making 202 metres from 19 runs.


Think we are all aware of Ben Murdoch-Masila latest update with very recent news that he was released from his contract to continue his footy career elsewhere.

Still nothing officially confirmed so we will revisit this update very soon...

Murdoch-Masila granted release

Richard Becht &
Tue 20 Dec 2022, 09:30 AM


One New Zealand Warriors forward Ben Murdoch-Masila has been granted a release to continue his career with another NRL club.​

The 31-year-old Mate Ma’a Tonga international was off contract at the end of 2023, the third and final year of his deal since joining the club from the Super League.

Injuries have limited him to 27 of a possible 48 matches in the last two seasons, 16 in 2021 and 11 this year.

“While we were keen for Ben to remain with us for the full term of his contract we weren’t in a position right now to offer a further contract beyond this,” said One New Zealand Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“At the same time another club offered him a longer-term deal giving him the security he was looking for.

“We’ve loved having Ben and Roxy around our club and we really appreciate the contribution they’ve made. They go with our best wishes.”

After making 58 NRL appearances for Wests Tigers and Penrith from 2010-2014, Auckland-born Masila-Murdoch spent five seasons in the Super League with Salford and Warrington before joining the One New Zealand Warriors in 2021.


Dragons welcome Ben Murdoch-Masila
Sun 1 Jan 2023, 09:51 AM

The Dragons are pleased to welcome Tongan international Ben Murdoch-Masila to the club for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

The 14-Test veteran joins the Red V from the Warriors, where he played 27 games in two seasons after returning from a five-year stint in the Super League at Salford and Warrington.

“Ben is a quality player with great experience and he certainly provides what we have been looking to build within our forward pack,” said Dragons General Manager of Football Ben Haran.

“We are excited to see him join the playing group next week and look forward to the impact he will have at the club.”

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Signed on 20 November 2020 from the South Sydney Rabbitohs on a 3 year deal.

Made his Warriors debut in Round 1 2021 where he scored a try in the Warriors voctory over the Gold Coast Titans. Sironen made 19 appearances in 2021.

In 2022, Sironen played 13 top grade games...

Sironen signs with Vodafone Warriors until 2023

Richard Becht &
Fri 20 Nov 2020, 02:35 PM

One of rugby league’s most famous names is set to link with the Vodafone Warriors after confirmation South Sydney back rower Bayley Sironen has agreed terms for a three-year contract from next season.

The 23-year-old is the son of the legendary Paul Sironen and younger brother of Manly Warringah’s Curtis Sironen.

After five games in his first two NRL seasons, Sironen established himself as a frontline player for the Rabbitohs this year appearing in 19 games to lift his career tally to 24.

“We have had our eyes on Bayley for some time but we didn’t have the positions available at the time,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

“Fortunately he became available now. (Head coach) Nathan (Brown) was keen to add a point of difference to our squad to balance our key signings and Bayley will bring that.

“He comes from one of the game’s greatest families and will add some invaluable footy IQ to our squad.”

O’Sullivan said the Vodafone Warriors were grateful to South Sydney CEO Blake Solly, head coach Wayne Bennett and football manager Mark Ellison for their handling of Sironen’s release.

“I was really keen to add an edge/middle forward to our roster for 2021 and Bayley fits the bill,” said new Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown.

“He was able to fill in at five-eighth and centre as well as the back row in 2020 so he adds the versatility, skill and defensive capabilities that we were looking for.

“His addition puts pressure on all our forwards for positions and adds invaluable depth of quality in our back row.”

The 186cm, 101kg Sironen made his NRL debut with the Wests Tigers in 2017 but played just one more NRL match for the club before linking with South Sydney in 2019.

Date of birth: December 23, 1996
Birthplace: Sydney, NSW
Junior Club: Holy Cross Rhinos
Position: Second row/loose forward
Height: 186cm
Weight: 101kg
NRL Debut: Wests Tigers v North Queensland, Campbelltown Sports Stadium, August 25, 2017 (Round 25)
NRL Career: Wests Tigers (2017-2018), South Sydney (2019-2020)
NRL Appearances: 24 appearances
Wests Tigers: 2 appearances (2017)
South Sydney: 22 appearances (2019-2020)
NRL Points: 8 (2 tries)
Representative: New South Wales Under-20s (2016), Australian Schoolboys (2014)


Height: 186 cm
Date of Birth: 23 December 1996
Weight: 95 kg
Birthplace: Sydney, NSW
Age: 26
Nickname: Siro
Debut Club: Wests Tigers
Date: 25 August 2017
Opposition: North Queensland Cowboys
Round: 25
Previous Clubs: Wests Tigers, South Sydney Rabbitohs
Junior Club: Holy Cross Rhinos

The 23-year-old Bayley is the son of the legendary Paul Sironen and younger brother of Manly Warringah’s Curtis Sironen. His signing last December made him the seventh addition to the Vodafone Warriors' 2021 NRL roster.

After five games in his first two NRL seasons, he established himself as a frontline player for the Rabbitohs in 2020 appearing in 19 games to lift his career tally to 24.

Sironen showed his versatility for South Sydney last season when he filled in at standoff and centre as well as the back row. His addition has heightened competition for positions in the Vodafone Warriors' pack.

The 186cm, 101kg Sironen made his NRL debut with the Wests Tigers in 2017 but played just one more NRL match for the club before linking with South Sydney in 2019.

His signing was preceded by Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warrington), Kane Evans (Parramatta), Euan Aitken (St George Illawarra), Addin Fonua-Blake (Manly Warringah), Sean O’Sullivan (Brisbane) and Marcelo Montoya (Canterbury Bankstown).

Made a try-scoring club debut as Vodafone Warrior #253 in the 19-6 win over Gold Coast and was a try scorer again in the 34-31 third-round victory over Canberra.


Sean O'Sullivan joined the New Zealand Warriors for 2021from the Brisbane Broncos and made 12 appearances.

On 6 November 2021, he signed a one-year deal to join the Penrith Panthers.

O'Sullivan made his club debut for Penrith in Round 1 2022 filling in for the injured Nathan Cleary against Manly. O'Sullivan spent most of the year playing for Penrith's NSW Cup team and played in their 29-22 grand final victory over Canterbury. O'Sullivan was 18th man for the Panthers NRL Grand Final.

On 30 June 2022, O'Sullivan signed a three-year deal to join the newly admitted Dolphins side starting in the 2023 season...

O'Sullivan joins the Dolphins

Wed 29 Jun 2022, 03:35 PM
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Wayne Bennett has snagged a halfback he always wanted to coach with the Dolphins announcing the signing of Panthers’ playmaker Sean O’Sullivan.

O’Sullivan will join the Dolphins on a three-year deal that will give him the opportunity to take the steering wheel in the club’s foundation years.

At just 23 years of age, O’Sullivan has shown his playmaking abilities in NRL season 2022.
In four matches deputising for Grand Final-winning halfback Nathan Cleary, O’Sullivan demonstrated his class in helping the Panthers win those games.

Now he will get a shot at being the first-choice half for the Dolphins, an opportunity head coach Bennett is keen to give him.

Bennett actually signed O’Sullivan to the Broncos in 2018 but left the Brisbane club before the half had a chance to play a game for them.

The pair will now unite and have the opportunity to re-write that history.

Dolphins’ chief executive Terry Reader said O’Sullivan would get the chance to make one of the club’s halves positions his own.

“We are very excited to be bringing Sean to the Dolphins,” said Reader.

“He showed last year with the Warriors that he was a quality playmaker, and he has backed that up with his performances for the Panthers this year.

“Our coach Wayne Bennett is especially pleased to finally be able to coach one that got away from him.

“He recruited Sean to a contract with the Broncos before he moved to the Rabbitohs, and now he will get to work with him in a new team.

“Sean fills a major need on our roster and we look forward to seeing what he can do in the Dolphins’ colours.”

O’Sullivan has played 25 NRL matches since debuting as a 19-year-old for the Roosters in 2018, having to overcome a serious knee injury the following season.

He re-established himself in the NRL last year, playing 12 matches for the Warriors before joining the reigning premiers Penrith in the off-season.


On 22 September 2020, Marcelo Montoya was one of eight players released from the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs during a rebuilding phase.

On 11 November 2020, the Warriors announced Montoya had signed a two year deal commencing in 2021.

In Round 4 2021, Montoya made his Warriors debut against the Sydney Roosters.

Montoya joins Vodafone Warriors on two-year deal

Richard Becht
Wed 11 Nov 2020, 10:03 AM
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Canterbury-Bankstown and Fiji Bati outside back Marcelo Montoya is joining the Vodafone Warriors on a two-year deal to the end of the 2022 NRL season.

The 24-year-old Lautoka-born Montoya is the club’s sixth acquisition for the 2021 season following the earlier signings of Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warrington), Kane Evans (Parramatta), Euan Aitken (St George Illawarra), Addin Fonua-Blake (Manly Warringah) and Sean O’Sullivan (Brisbane).

“Marcelo is a big, fast and powerful athlete who gives great depth to our outside backs,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

“He is a very good yardage player and is an accomplished try scorer proven at NRL level.

“Marcelo would be one of the most impressive players I’ve interviewed and brings a great training ethic. We have a fantastic person joining our club.”

Named the Bulldogs’ 2017 rookie of the year after scoring 12 tries in 19 games, Montoya has gone on to make 54 first-grade appearances. He was used on the wing in 2017 and 2018 but has started in the centres in all but four of his last 21 appearances.

“I’ve long been a fan of Marcelo and really look forward to coaching him,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown.

“He is keen to improve as a player and has the desire and ethic we are looking for at the Vodafone Warriors.

“Marcelo can play wing and centre equally as well and is great under the high ball.

“He will provide competition to the outside back positions in our squad and we believe we can help take his game to a new level as he gets a fresh start at our club.”

Montoya has the distinction of being the only player of South American heritage to appear in the NRL’s 112-year history.

Of Chilean heritage on his father’s side, he began his career against his new club in the first and only NRL match played at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium, marking it with a try in the Bulldogs’ 24-12 victory over the Vodafone Warriors.

He had a prolific NYC under-20 career scoring 36 tries in 46 matches from 2014 to 2016.

After making his international debut in 2016, Montoya was in the Fiji side which stunned the Kiwis 4-2 in Wellington in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Born: February 17, 1996
Birthplace: Lautoka, Fiji
Junior Club: Bankstown Bulls
Position: Winger/centre
Height: 189cm
Weight: 95kg
NRL Debut: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Vodafone Warriors, March 17, 2017 (Round 3)
NRL Career: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (2017-2020)
NRL Appearances: 54 appearances
NRL Points: 76 (19 tries)
Representative: 8 Tests for Fiji Bati (2016-2019)

Haven't been able to find anything to say Montoya contract has been extended but he is listed in the top 30 as 2023 so I can only assume the club had a one year option that they took up...

Height: 189 cm
Date of Birth: 17 February 1996
Weight: 95 kg
Birthplace: Lautoka, FIJ
Age: 26
Nickname: Marce
Debut Club: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Date: 17 March 2017
Opposition: Warriors
Round: 3
Previous Club: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Junior Club: Bankstown Bulls

The 24-year-old Lautoka-born Marcelo became the club’s sixth acquisition for the 2021 season following the earlier signings of Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warrington), Euan Aitken (St George Illawarra), Kane Evans (Parramatta), Addin Fonua-Blake (Manly Warringah) and Sean O’Sullivan (Brisbane).

He was named the Bulldogs’ 2017 rookie of the year after scoring 12 tries in 19 games, Montoya has gone on to make 54 first-grade appearances. He was used on the wing in 2017 and 2018 but has started in the centres in all but four of his last 21 appearances.

Of Chilean heritage on his father’s side, he began his career against his new club in the first and only NRL match played at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium in 2017, marking it with a try in the Bulldogs’ 24-12 victory over the Vodafone Warriors.

He had a prolific NYC under-20 career scoring 36 tries in 46 matches from 2014 to 2016.

After making his international debut in 2016, Montoya was in the Fiji side which stunned the Kiwis 4-2 in Wellington in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.


On 12 August 2020, Evans signed a two-year deal to join the New Zealand Warriors starting in 2021.

In Round 5 2021, he made his debut for New Zealand against Manly-Warringah.

On 8 October the Warriors released Evans from the final year of his contract to pursue opportunities in Super League.

On 27 October, Evans signed a two-year deal to join English side Hull F.C...



Hull FC announced the signing of international forward Kane Evans in October 2021 as preparations ramped up for the subsequent season.

The former Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels and New Zealand Warriors front rower stands at 6t 7inches tall, towering over the vast majority of anybody who stands in his way.

The bullish prop is regarded as an aggressor in the pack, adding another dimension to Hull’s forward options.

Evans has represented his country, Fiji, on several occasions, featuring alongside fellow 2021 recruit Joe Lovodua.

He made his Hull FC debut against Castleford Tigers in March 2022, and scored his first try in Black & White colours against Toulouse Olympique in April 2022.

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Berry signs contract extension to end of 2024 season

Richard Becht &
Mon 3 May 2021, 10:58 AM
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Exciting outside back Rocco Berry has signed a contract extension with the Vodafone Warriors until the end of the 2024 NRL season.

The 19-year-old Masterton-born Berry’s new deal comes on the back of him making his NRL debut against Melbourne on Anzac Day and backing it up with his first NRL try in yesterday’s 24-20 win over North Queensland in Gosford.

Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown says the son of former All Black Marty Berry is a key player in the club’s future.

“Rocco has done everything right since pre-season and fully deserved his NRL debut against the Storm,” said Brown.

“His form in the trials and for our feeder club Redcliffe in the Queensland Cup has been very impressive.

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“He’s still new to the game with just a handful of rugby league appearances so far but he clearly has so much to offer. He’s a terrific trainer and has a great desire to improve. He’s a pleasure to coach and has a big part to play in our club’s future.”

Berry was signed when he was excelling for St Patrick’s Silverstream College in Wellington’s First XV competition in 2018.

“Rocco has been a standout since the first moment I laid eyes on him. I always said it was a matter of when he played NRL, not if,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

“He comes from an outstanding family and has been a pleasure to have in our club since his arrival.

“It’s exciting to lock him in long term. He is an integral part of our planning as we build for the future and is equally a key player for our present.”

Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George said Berry’s long-term deal is another example of the club’s strategy to cover all recruitment needs.

“We have said all along we are planning for now, short term and our long-term future. Rocco fits all of the above – quality player and person who fits all the criteria we want at our club,” he said.

Berry represented the Vodafone Warriors at the NRL Nines in Perth last year and also played in the club’s first-grade trial against Melbourne in Palmerston North.

He made his New South Wales Cup debut against Newcastle in the only round played in the competition before the Covid-19 pandemic forced it cancellation.

He spent the rest of the 2020 campaign training with the Vodafone Warriors while they were based in Australia.

Berry appeared in the club’s only 2021 NRL trial against Gold Coast in Lismore in February. He has been used in the centres for Redcliffe this season, scoring two tries in the Dolphins’ 30-28 first-round win over the Mackay Cutters.

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May 17, 2001
Birthplace: Masterton, NZ
Junior Club: St Patrick’s Silverstream College (rugby union)
Position: Centre/fullback/wing
Height: 191cm
Weight: 95kg
Vodafone Warriors No: 258
NRL Debut: Vodafone Warriors v Melbourne, AAMI Park, Melbourne, April 25, 2021 (Round 7)
NRL Games: 2 (2021)
NRL Points: 4 (1 try)
Rep Honours: NRL Nines (2020), Wellington Under-18 rugby union (2018)

Height: 191 cm
Date of Birth: 17 May 2001
Weight: 95 kg
Birthplace: Masterton, NZ
Age: 21
Debut Club: New Zealand Warriors
Date: 25 April 2021
Opposition: Melbourne Storm
Round: 7
Junior Club: St Patrick’s College, Silverstream, Wellington (Rugby Union)

The Vodafone Warriors secured the much sought-after Berry ahead of other rivals when he was a schoolboy rugby union star excelling for the St Patrick's Silverstream College First XV in Wellington.

He joined the club fulltime for the 2019-2020 offseason, beginning the 2020 campaign by representing the Vodafone Warriors at the NRL Nines in Perth and playing in their NRL trial against Melbourne in Palmerston North.

He had one outing for the Canterbury Cup side against Newcastle before the reserve grade competition was suspended for the season following the Covid-19 outbreak. With no second-tier football for the rest of the year, he spent the season training with the wider NRL squad on the Central Coast.

The son of former All Black Marty Berry, Rocco is now a fulltime NRL contract. After training in Auckland with half the squad before Christmas, he has been with the full squad since January 3 in Australia.

He had some time in the centres in the Vodafone Warriors' 12-12 draw with Gold Coast in their NRL trial in Lismore on February 27.

As the 2021 season started, Rocco developed his game playing for the Vodafone Warriors' feeder club Redcliffe in the Intrust Super Cup in Queensland. With injuries biting into the squad's frontline players, opportunities began to open with Berry handed his NRL debut in the club's Anzac Day encounter with Melbourne.

The following week he experienced his first NRL win and also his first try for the club.


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