Warriors forced to wear relocation calls

Sep 3, 2017 - 12:32 PM Warriors coach Stephen Kearney admits the club's critics have a point in calling for it to be shutdown and relocated.

The Auckland-based club was savaged by a Fairfax Media report in New Zealand over the weekend that accused the Warriors of failing in their charter to develop Kiwi talent and promote the NRL.

The Warriors ended the season on a nine-game losing streak and missed the finals for a sixth straight season - despite having an all-Kiwi Test spine.

Even the club's under-20s - who have dominated the National Youth Competition since its inception with three titles and another grand final appearance - are in decline and finished last with three wins.

"There's some truth to that," Kearney said when asked about the article calling for the club to be moved to Australia.

"We've got ourselves to blame. There's no doubt about that. If you look at our NYC side, it's been beaten pretty comprehensively over the last month or so.

"We've missed the boat. We've taken our eye off the ball in developing that talent.

"When you have five coaches in seven years, I'm pretty sure that breeds some inconsistency."

The Warriors have lost five-eighth Kieran Foran, former skipper Ryan Hoffman and prop Ben Matulino for 2018 with Melbourne's Tohu Harris their only major recruit.

Asked what the club was doing to dig itself out of its hole, Kearney identified holding onto their best local talent.

"It's pretty complex in the sense that I don't think it's just one thing," Kearney said.

"We need to be better at developing our own talent. The clubs from over here (in Australia) go over there and get the talent and we've got to make sure we're better at that. That's a start.

"There are individuals in there that aren't quite ready for NRL and we've got to get players there that are."

Source: AAP

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