The New Zealand Warriors have snared the signing of Kodi Nikorima from the Brisbane Broncos effective immediately.
With young halves in Adam Keighran and Chanel Harris-Tavita coming through and uncertainty over Blake Green’s future, the club needed to act.
What better chance to do so in their eyes, than seeing a Kiwi local return home to don the club colours.
Nikorima’s deal will run until the end of the 2021 season, as he looks set to make his debut next week during the Magic Round.
Club CEO Cameron George says the club are pleased to make this sort of signing, especially at this stage of the season.
“We couldn’t be more excited to secure a player of Kodi’s calibre, especially at this stage of the season,” said George.
“We’ve been patient in watching the player market for some time.
“Peter O’Sullivan and our recruitment team have done a terrific job in securing Kodi, who will certainly add value to our club.”
After making 86 appearances for the Broncos, the move just sort of happened and Warriors General Manager of Football Brian Smith is also pleased.
“Kodi will bring a lot to our club with his ability and experience,” said Smith.
“He’ll also be a huge help around the club in helping to mentor our young halves.”
With the new challenge ahead, Nikorima himself welcomes the chance to don the Warriors colours.
“I’m really excited about coming to the Vodafone Warriors and moving to Auckland,” Nikorima said.
“It’s a new challenge after being at the Broncos for so long but I’m looking forward to working with the coaching staff and the players.
“I like the direction the club is heading in and it will also be good to be around a lot of familiar faces, both the coaches and team-mates.”
Having played a lot of his football at numerous levels for the Broncos, Nikorima was quick to thank his now former club.
“I also want to thank the Broncos for the opportunity they gave me to develop as a player.,” the utility continued.
“The club has been a huge part of my life and I’m grateful for the way so many people supported me there.”
Although disappointed to lose Nikorima, the Broncos admit that they were not going to stand in the way of his wishes.
“We are very sad to see Kodi leave the club,” said Broncos’ chief executive Paul White.
“He has been with the Broncos since has was in his early teens.
“But we appreciate that Kodi has the chance to make a move that will benefit the future of his family, and as a new father that is important for him.
“We thank him for all the effort he has put in for the Broncos over the years, and will welcome him back to the club at any time in the future.”