The Warriors may have lined out one player, but Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy is not giving up on his quest to replace Ryan Papenhuizen for the rest of the season.
After the heartbreaking injury to Papenhuizen last weekend, the Hurricanes are desperately trying to fill the huge hole left by a versatile fullback.
Bellamy had hoped to lure Broncos-bound Reyes Walsh to fill the gap, but the Warriors won’t want to be taken advantage of after allowing the young gun an early release on the ground out of pity.
“The Melbourne Storm have made an offer to prize Reece Walsh from the Warriors to play fullback for the remainder of the season,” reports Dave Riccio at Triple M.
“The Warriors have lost this, the word is no chance.”
Daily Telegraph Reportedly, Warriors CEO Cameron George said the Storm were “hands over” as the Warriors tried to sneak into the top eight despite a mid-year coaching change following the departure of Nathan Brown.
“He was released at the end of this year for personal reasons and geographical reasons were part of that,” George said. News Corporation.
“We’re only letting Reyes be with the child.
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“Then we’re not going to be the one to let him go interstate to another club.
“The reason we’re leaving the Races completely flies in the face… then he doesn’t need to exploit where he could be heading to an interstate club because they’re in the finals and we’re not.
“We will be accused of selling our players on fire who will leave just because we are out of the finals.
We are not here to recruit for other clubs, we are here to do our best for ourselves and Rees can help us do our best.
With Walsh unable to be released to join the Hurricanes, Bellamy is said to be exploring other options, including Titans youngster Jayden Campbell, to add players to his roster before the Aug. 1 deadline.
Tigers winger Ken Mamalo is another on the list, and the three-decade relationship between Bellamy and Tigers boss Tim Sheens could help.
“Manage a line through Walsh but there was another interesting name thrown in in Jayden Campbell,” Riccio said.
“His name came up at the Melbourne Storm so keep an eye on him and I understand Craig Bellamy has spoken to his old friend Tim Sheens at Wests Tigers.
“If there are any Tigers players that Craig could let go, Ken Maulo’s name has come up, Dane Lawrie’s name has come up.
“So the Hurricanes are definitely exploring every opportunity to fix and fix this Papenhuizen situation.
Maroons star Xavier Coates, who suffered a concussion in the Storm’s home opener in Sydney, will be eligible for selection in the next two weeks.
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The Warriors will lose Walsh but he is not the only one who could leave New Zealand.
Elisa Katowa has not been able to play since the 11th round and is said to be suffering from itchy legs.
News Corporation The Storm have reported that the Canberra Raiders and Redcliffe Dolphins are considering adding the forward to their rosters, although Katoa has another two years left on his deal with the Warriors.
With the Storm losing Kenny Bromwich and Felise Kaufusi, Bellamy wants to add another second rower to the list and NRL heavyweights are said to be leading the hunt to add Katoa.
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Meanwhile, the Dragons are reportedly considering adding an attacking whore to their roster.
Anthony Griffin reports that Andrew McCullough and Moses Mbi are on the roster until the end of 2023, but Jacob Liddle and Sam Verrills are under consideration despite being under contract next year. News Corporation.