Warriors young gun Reece Walsh will join the Broncos for the 2023 season after New Zealand club Raiders signed fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.
The Raiders are expected to release Nicoll-Klokstad from the final year of his contract for “family reasons”, allowing the rifle-back to return home.
Meanwhile, Walsh will leave the Warriors at the end of the season according to The Daily Telegraph and will likely return to the Broncos.
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In April 2021, coach Kevin Walters allowed the young gun to leave the Broncos before enshrining himself as one of the game’s rising stars.
An announcement regarding Walsh’s signing is expected this week in another massive blow to the Dolphins, who were closely linked to the Warriors fullback.
Walsh was due to make his Origin debut last year but was ruled out and also missed the Warriors’ round 16 homecoming due to Covid-19.
The 19-year-old previously said he would return to New Zealand with the team, with 12 months left on his contract with an option in his favor before 2024.
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“I’m going to New Zealand next year. My manager and I haven’t even discussed other options because we’ve always known that’s the case,” Walsh told Fox Sports at the time.
“When I first signed with the Warriors, it was really before COVID hit, so I thought I’d go straight to New Zealand.”
Walsh said he wanted to tackle the rumors that were heavily publicized at the time.
“At first I laughed a little and asked the guys where they were going to get this information because it definitely isn’t coming from me or my management or my family,” Walsh said.
“After a while it became too much, questions came from my teammates.
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“It’s gotten to the point where it’s worth dealing with because it’s getting out of hand.
“It’s not fair to my team-mates or the club that they think I want to go elsewhere. That’s not the case – we haven’t spoken to any other clubs, I have a contract which means I’m 100% going to New next year Zealand go.”
Meanwhile, the Warriors close with Panthers assistant Andrew Webster, who will reportedly become the club’s head coach.
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad reportedly secured his release to return to his family in New Zealand, but the Raiders were reportedly reluctant to grant his request.