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Who could the Warriors target for 2018?

Who could the Warriors target for 2018?

Kieran Foran is probably gone and Ben Matulino looks like he won’t be in Auckland next year either. Those two are likely to be the start of a high player turnover for the Warriors this year. With that in mind kiwileaguecentral.com takes a look at a few players coach Stephen Kearney could target for 2018.

Leivaha Pulu (lock, prop – Gold Coast Titans)

Pros: Has shown himself to be a consistent performer for the Gold Coast, Pulu is versatile and has a gritty approach to the game.

Cons: His offload-happy style wouldn’t fit in with the current plan set out by Kearney.

Chance: Very good

Nelson Asofa-Solomona (prop – Melbourne Storm)

Pros: A huge human being who would add some size to what is a fairly small forward pack.

Cons: He’s young and untested away from excellent playmakers like Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith, who can make even average forwards look amazing.

Chance: Good

Alex Glenn (second-row – Brisbane Broncos)

Pros: Glenn is a creative back-rower who plays a very different style to the likes of Simon Mannering and Bodene Thompson. He would add a genuine attacking threat on his edge of the field.

Cons: Hasn’t played his best footy for a couple of years now and is struggling to keep his place in the Brisbane side right now.

Chance: Very good

Brenton Lawrence (prop – Manly Sea Eagles)

Pros: Has some nice footwork and speed at the line which can make him quite effective despite not being a typical metre-eater type of prop.

Cons: He will be 33 by the end of the year and you aren’t going to get too much more out of him at NRL level.

Chance: Unlikely

John Asiata (prop, second-row, lock – North Queensland Cowboys)

Pros: A technically-gifted forward, who Kiwis standoff Thomas Leuluai last year rated as one of the best young players in the NRL. Asiata has a nice mix of power and skill.

Cons: He’s played his whole career with a talented and successful North Queensland side, there’s no evidence to show how he would play in a struggling side like the Warriors.

Chance: Unlikely

Sam Tagataese (prop – Cronulla Sharks)

Pros: An experienced campaigner with 11 seasons in the NRL behind him, his presence could really help the young Warriors’ propping group.

Cons: He would be 31 by the time he arrived and would likely come off a season where he played mostly in reserve grade.

Chance: Moderate

(Main photo: Leivaha Pulu. Credit: photosport.nz).