The New Zealand Warriors, under former Hull KR assistant Andrew Webster and his assistant and former Leeds Rhinos boss Richard Agar, have taken a surprising decision to release two of their players ahead of the NRL season, opening up two vacancies to them. in the very important top 30.
The club issued the following statement: “NRL team members Taniela Otukolo and Otukinekina Kepu were released today by One New Zealand Warriors.
“Hooker Otukolo (20) was out of contract at the end of this season while prop Kepu (20) was signed until the end of the 2024 season.”
“We appreciate their contribution during their time with us and wish them the best for the future,” added Andrew McFadden, One New Zealand Warriors Managing Director of Recruitment, Development and Careers.
While the club was based in Australia, both players appeared for feeder club Redcliffe in Queensland Cup and colt competitions.
Otukolo players heel while Kepu is a trade prop.
It will be interesting to see if either youngster is picked up by another NRL team or if Catalan Dragons, Salford Red Devils or Leigh Leopards use their quota places to bring in the one of the two.
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