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Who could the Warriors target for 2018?

Who could the Warriors target for 2018?
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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).