The North Queensland Cowboys are reportedly on the cusp of signing Warriors utility Tui Lolohea to step in for their star man.
The 22-year-old has been lined up to replace Johnathan Thurston, who is struggling with a tear to his rotator cuff.
According to Australia's 7News, the North Queensland Cowboys have now made a late play for Lolohea to act as a replacement for their star half.
Thurston is expected to miss approximately six weeks after hurting his shoulder during the Anzac Test win over the Kiwis last weekend. The injury means he's unlikely to feature at all in this year's State of Origin series.
Lolohea has been touted as a prime recruitment target for Ivan Cleary and his Wests Tigers, and the sudden hasty pursuit by the Cowboys could indicate they are braced for the worst with Thurston.
Once a highly regarded prospect, Lolohea has fallen out of favour at the Warriors in recent times.
The acquisition of first Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, then Kieran Foran has forced him out of his more favoured positions and on to the wing, where's he's strggled to earn consistent game time.