Roger Tuivasa-Sheck rumours not troubling Warriors coach Stephen Kearney

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney isn't worried about the on-going rumours that other teams are interesting in signing captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

The 24-year-old is in the last year of his three-year deal with the team and is reportedly being scouted by a host of NRL clubs including Wests Tigers and South Sydney Rabbitohs.

On top of that, it is has been widely reported that the fullback is interesting in signing with New Zealand Rugby in an attempt to try and crack the All Blacks squad for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

But Kearney is keeping calm about the situation, saying its 'part and parcel of the business' of modern rugby league.   

"If I was looking for a fullback and didn't have a fullback and there was a space, I'd be talking to Roger too," Kearney said.   

"That's part and parcel of the business.   

"It's not a distraction, it's part of the business. It was the same issue last year with Shaun [Johnson] and it'll be the same next year with someone else.   

"It's been around for long enough."   

Shaun Johnson.
Shaun Johnson. Photo credit: Photosport

Meanwhile halfback Shaun Johnson is back out on the training paddock, less than a week after having surgery to remove a growth on the surface of his right eye.

The 27-year-old was seen wearing sunglasses at training to prevent further damage to the eye.

Johnson is expected to be fit for the Warriors season opener against the South Sydney Rabbitohs on March 10, but it is unclear if he will feature in one of the Warriors two upcoming pre-season fixtures.

"The sunlight gives him a little bit of bother so I wouldn't normally let a player wear sunless on the training paddock," Kearney said.

"If we were playing tomorrow he wouldn't be, but we have a trial next week and another one the week after so I'm sure he will be well by then."

The Warriors face the Melbourne Storm in their opening trial match on February 16 in Rotorua, and then play the Gold Coast Titans on February 24 on the Sunshine Coast.

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