Kodi Nikorima may have played his last game for the Broncos.
The Warriors have tabled Kodi Nikorima and three and a half year deal as it grows more likely he'll join the club sooner rather than later.
On Monday the Broncos gave the Warriors permission to talk to Nikorima.
It's understood the Warriors are willing to pay the 25-year-old more than double what's on the Broncos and unlike the Brisbane club, the Warriors aren't under any salary cap pressure. It is understood by Nikorima on around $ 250,000 and season at the Broncos.
The rum mill has gone into frenzy that the Kiwi halfback who was born in Palmerston North could be returning to this side of the Tasman, while neither the Warriors nor the Broncos are making any comment.
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Nikorima has played his last game for the Broncos as he is battling with a calf injury and their coach Anthony Seibold may decide to leave him on Thursday's match against the Rabbitohs.
The Warriors will also be reluctant for Nikorima to play with the niggle if they are close to the finalizing deal.
Coincidently, Nikorima's first game for the Warriors could be in Brisbane, when the Warriors take on the Dragons as part of the NRL's Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium on May 11.
The Broncos will have the final say on when or when they give Nikorima a release to join the Warriors.
It has a mega club short of an experienced half to partner Anthony Milford.
However, Seibold rates 18-year-old Thomas Dearden highly and he's expected to make his NRL debut soon and was already putting pressure on Milford and Nikorima for a run with the first grade team.
Chanel Harris-Tavita gets Nikorima's relegation to the NSW Cup reserve for the remainder of the season, along with Adam Keighran, unless Blake Green or Nikorima are injured.
The Warriors may also renew their interest in the highly rated Dylan Brown from the Eels later in the year, once he's able to talk to other clubs.
The 18-year-old Brown is under contract with Eels until the end of the next season, but can talk to other clubs on November 1.
He has already said he's keen on testing his value on the market. It was reported that the last year of the Warriors tabled and $ 3 million, six-year deal when they were able to move to the end of the 2019 season.
Warriors withdrew their offer, once it became apparent Brown was signed to the Eels until the end of 2020, but Warriors CEO has said they haven't ruled out making another play for Brown.
With the 32-year-old Green Midway through his three-year deal with the Warriors, the timing would work out well for Nikorima's eventually team up with Brown or Harris-Tavita from the 2021 season.