The New Zealand Warriors have strengthened the depth in their back-line, with the signing of experienced Storm back-rower Todd Lowrie, on a 2-year deal from 2013.
The signing was confirmed by the Warriors Recruitment and Development Manager Dean Bell – with Lowrie playing in 158 NRL games to date, and being the second Storm player to move across the Tasman, following Dane Nielsen.
â€œComing to Melbourne was great for my career but Iâ€™m really excited about the move and about having my future sorted out for the next few years,â€ said Lowrie from Melbourne.
â€œNow I can get on with focusing on the rest of the season here with the Storm.â€
With the Warriors multitude of home-grown talent thriving as players both on and off the field – it was something that Lowrie saw as lucrative for him.
â€œIâ€™ve always had huge respect for the Warriors as opponents. Theyâ€™ve been tough rivals for us at the Storm every time we play them,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™ve been really impressed with their development programme. There are so many good young players coming through the club and, by using my experience, Iâ€™m looking forward to the chance of being able to work with them.â€
With Micheal Luck departing, and Lewis Brown leaving the club, the Warriors were in need of some more back-row depth – and Bell believes that signing Lowrie was critical for the side’s balance.
â€œWeâ€™re losing huge experience in our back row with Micheal Luck retiring as well as Lewis Brown leaving at the end of the season,â€ he said.
â€œWith more than 150 games in the NRL, Todd will be invaluable for us and heâ€™ll be tremendous help for the younger players coming through. He builds our depth in the back row and also makes sure thereâ€™s real competition for places.â€