Lowrie heads across the Tasman

Todd Lowrie

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.

“Coming to Melbourne was great for my career but I’m really excited about the move and about having my future sorted out for the next few years,” said Lowrie from Melbourne.

“Now I can get on with focusing on the rest of the season here with the Storm.”

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.

“I’ve always had huge respect for the Warriors as opponents. They’ve been tough rivals for us at the Storm every time we play them,” he said.

“I’ve been really impressed with their development programme. There are so many good young players coming through the club and, by using my experience, I’m looking forward to the chance of being able to work with them.”

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.

“We’re losing huge experience in our back row with Micheal Luck retiring as well as Lewis Brown leaving at the end of the season,” he said.

“With more than 150 games in the NRL, Todd will be invaluable for us and he’ll be tremendous help for the younger players coming through. He builds our depth in the back row and also makes sure there’s real competition for places.”

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