Melbourne Storm are close to picking up All Blacks seven-man Will Warbrick to replace Josh Addo-Carr.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that the 23-year-old Warbrick is looking to change codes and is looking at a future game for Storms super coach Craig Bellamy.
Warbrick was part of the All Blacks Sevens team that won a silver medal at the Olympics in Tokyo in August and has been on New Zealand’s sevens team since 2019.
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However, it seems that his future lies in the rugby league, rather than union, and with 1.94m and 100kg and devastating speed, he has the qualities to do well in the NRL.
The storm has seen Warbrick look like someone who could fill the void left by the club, created by Addo-Carr’s switch to the Bulldogs.
Warbrick hails from Kawerau, and although he is listed as a Bay of Plenty player, he has always been seen as a sevens specialist, even though he has previously tried the AFL.
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In a post on Warbrick’s Instagram page three weeks ago, he said he was ready for the next chapter in his career.
“Two years ago, @ allblacks7s and @nzrugbyofficial gave a young guy who played club rugby the opportunity for Te Teko to live out his childhood dream,” Warbrick wrote.
“To represent his country and put on the ‘black’ shirt to live, something I will forever be grateful for.
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“As I look forward to moving forward, I reflect on the last two years, which have been nothing but the best and have allowed me to experience things I could not even imagine.
“It has been an absolute privilege to be part of such a special group, from the management all the way down to my teammates. I can not thank you all enough, it has been nothing but a pleasure.”
Yesterday, Warbrick posted a video on Instagram of him flying to Melbourne, so it looks like there will be an announcement soon about his signature with Storm.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph has also reported that the Penrith Panthers have signed former Warriors halfback Sean O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan had a one-year deal with the Warriors for 2021, and the club had postponed offering a new contract.
It was once confirmed that Ash Taylor joined the club from the Titans on a train and trial deal, with an option on a full contract in 2022, which closed the door on any opportunity to play for the Warriors again.
It is understood that O’Sullivan had been in talks with a couple of clubs for a number of weeks, but he has agreed terms with the Panthers where he will give the team depth and serve as cover for Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai.
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