Warriors veteran hooker re-signs

Nathan Friend

There was some doubt as to whether or not he would be re-signing with the club given their potential moves, but any doubt can now be cast asunder, with Nathan Friend signing a new 1-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors.

Friend, 32, hails from Toowoomba, has been at the Warriors for two seasons now, having made his debut at the start of last year for the club when they played the Manly Sea Eagles.

Following a shoulder injury at the start of the year, Friend will be playing in his 18th consecutive game for the club and with his future now settled, he is looking forward to continuing his tenure with the Warriors.

“It’s fantastic to have my future sorted out here with the Vodafone Warriors,” said Friend.

“While we looked at other options, this is where I wanted to be all along. I couldn’t be happier staying with this club.

“It’s pokies slots also where we want to be as a family. We love it in Auckland and now we can really look forward to staying on.”

With his key skills at hooker, vast experience and cool head, Warriors coach Matt Elliott sees these factors and other things as a significant boost for Friend and the club moving forward, now that he has re-signed.

“He brings a lot to our club both on the field and off it,” Elliott said.

“From the outset our attitude was that we wanted to be able to keep Nathan and we’ve been able to achieve it. That’s brilliant for him and for his family as well as us and also our members and fans.

“It’s never easy at times when players are in contract discussions but it’s a huge credit to Friendy the way he has handled this situation. He has never let it affect his efforts on the field.”

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