OFFICIAL Kodi Nikorima Joins the Warriors

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https://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/broncos/broncos-rocked-by-warriors-poaching-raid-of-playmaker-kodi-nikorima/news-story/42c7176fb3078673ad8f8910c016422b

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Broncos rocked by Warriors poaching raid of playmaker Kodi Nikorima


Peter Badel, The Courier-Mail
April 28, 2019 10:03am

The Warriors are targeting Kodi Nikorima to solve their playmaking crisis in a move that could end the Brisbane halfback’s career at the Broncos within weeks. The Courier-Mail understands the Warriors will table a formal offer in the next 48 hours in a bombshell development for Nikorima as he prepares for Thursday night’s Broncos-Souths grudge match. The clash at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium against his former coach Wayne Bennett could be Nikorima’s 87th and final game for the Broncos with Brisbane considering an immediate release to the Warriors.



Kodi Nikorima could be on the way out of Red Hill. Picture: Annette Dew

The 25-year-old was first linked with a move to the Warriors last December. Nikorima has been made aware of the Warriors’ poaching bid and would be devastated at the thought of leaving a Broncos club that has groomed him for the NRL since his teen years in Brisbane’s under-20s ranks.
The veteran of 13 Tests for New Zealand has consistently maintained he can succeed at halfback but the Broncos’ sluggish 2-5 start this season has not helped his prospects of being Brisbane’s long-term No.7.



Nikorima has had a tough start to 2019. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold is developing young halfbacks Sean O’Sullivan, Tom Dearden, Cory Paix and Tanah Boyd, raising the possibility Brisbane could send Nikorima back to the bench as a No.14 super-sub next season. But Nikorima may not last that long at Red Hill if the injury-ravaged Warriors can get their man as soon as possible. The Kiwi outfit have had their scrumbase decimated with Shaun Johnson’s off-season move to Cronulla compounded by a groin injury to his one-time halves partner Blake Green.


The Warriors want to sign Nikorima for the current season. Picture: Russell Lansford/Getty Images

Such is their plight, the Warriors were forced to use back-rower Tohu Harris in the halves alongside four-game rookie Chanel Harris-Tavita in their Anzac Day clash against Melbourne last Thursday night. Nikorima is contracted to the Broncos until the end of 2020 but the Warriors are keen to tempt him with a lucrative offer, potentially spanning three seasons beyond this year. Warriors coach Steve Kearney worked with Nikorima as a former assistant at the Broncos and the pair share the same manager, the NRL’s most powerful agent Isaac Moses.

The Broncos were hoping the Milford-Nikorima alliance would work but the pint-sized pair have never really clicked since joining forces last season following Ben Hunt’s departure to the Dragons. In the wake of Brisbane’s 29-6 defeat of Cronulla on Saturday night, Broncos prop Matt Lodge praised Nikorima, saying he is an NRL-quality halfback. “All our forwards have trust in ‘Milf’ (Milford) to get the job done and Kodi is just as dangerous,” he said. “I’d hate to be tackling him because he’s short and explosive. “He can just break games open when we need points. Kodi is a threat. He’s just got to run the ball.”
 
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heartly87

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I thought no offers or even discussion could take place before June 30 or some such thing so how can players with 18 months of their current contract left be tabled anything.
 

big k

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If it happens would we even play Nikorima against the Rabbitohs? Would we just play Deardan?
 
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big k

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If it happens I'd say he'll be released immediately and we'll blood Dearden, if it's still in the process of happening, he'll stay at 7 for the foreseeable future.
The way I see it is if you are happy to see Nikorima go then he is not our best option at 7 and we should be playing out best option
 

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If Milf plays like last night for the full 80 (if Siebs is as smart as I think he his, he told the boys to ease off second half to be ready Thursday night) then we could easily take Deardon on board. All he need do is catch and pass and be an option for kicking. He will also organise the forwards and free up Milf even more. From what I have seen of him he has that ability to make things happen.

Wonder if Siebs has identified a hooker yet.
 

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Knik has played with Milf in the halves since schoolboy days. Not sure he's ready to break that partnership up quite yet. I'm sure his 'do anything for the team' attitude would mean he'd play the 14 for us. Specially if Jimmy goes and Staggs slots into his spot.
 

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Am I the only one who'd be sad to see Kodi go?
I'd be more upset to see Roberts walk away personally

It's becoming a bit obvious what the club are doing. McGuire and Kahu were let go in the pre season, Nikorima and Roberts look to be on the outer now; they're shuffling deck chairs to make room for TPJ, Oates and Flegler.
 
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Rookie Alan

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I have the same question, a player with over a year and half contract left could be offered and force the club make the release?

What would happen if we don’t release?
 

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Anyone know how much is Kodi on?
Surely we wouldn’t let him go now as it will only weaken our squad and impact our chances in 2019.
There is absolutely no upside for us apart from this creating an opportunity to blood Dearden. Even so we can do this with Knik in reserve grade and we still keep our depth for injuries / form / suspension.
Surely the club aren’t considering this...
 

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I have the same question, a player with over a year and half contract left could be offered and force the club make the release?

What would happen if we don’t release?
nothing, except potentially having an unhappy player on our hands.

it is entirely up to us to decide whether we release him or not, no-one can force us to
 

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Am I the only one who'd be sad to see Kodi go?
To be honest I've always liked Kniks competitive nature but we've never settled on a position for him. I mean that due to his size he either plays halfback or not at all and he seems to be just short by a little in the skillset required for the NRL. I understand the argument for a role as a sub and see it's merit and hopefully he can find a place in the Warriors and maybe his role can tailored to his strengths.
 

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Anyone know how much is Kodi on?
Surely we wouldn’t let him go now as it will only weaken our squad and impact our chances in 2019.
There is absolutely no upside for us apart from this creating an opportunity to blood Dearden. Even so we can do this with Knik in reserve grade and we still keep our depth for injuries / form / suspension.
Surely the club aren’t considering this...
The benefit of releasing him is he is also signed for next year. If we don't Intend to use him next year, getting him off the books would free up space for next year. There's a chance the warriors are happy to take him now if they can get him now, but if they need to wait until next year they might not be interested, leaving us stuck paying his contract.

Although, I agree. Seems a bit silly, I'd keep him and make him a bench utility / challenge him to push Macca out. But yeah, that's the benefit.
 

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Anyone know how much is Kodi on?
Surely we wouldn’t let him go now as it will only weaken our squad and impact our chances in 2019.
There is absolutely no upside for us apart from this creating an opportunity to blood Dearden. Even so we can do this with Knik in reserve grade and we still keep our depth for injuries / form / suspension.
Surely the club aren’t considering this...
The upside would be that if released early a $100k or so would be free to front load a contract this season. Which could be the difference in re-signing Oates for example.

Regardless of whether it’s the right thing long term or not, I will always like Kodi. He’s been a great clubman.
 

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