Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson confident recruits have raised standards

Johnson is already seeing the influence of the Warriors recruits.
Johnson is already seeing the influence of the Warriors recruits. Photo credit: Photosport

It's early days but the new recruits at the Warriors are already rubbing off on the rest of the squad.

Kiwis captain Adam Blair, Tohu Harris and Blake Green makeup the high-profile signings for the NRL club in the off-season.

With almost 500 NRL games between them, the trio bring a wealth of experience.

Halfback Shaun Johnson is delighted with influence they have already had ahead of the new season.

"Obviously we usually have a few players sort of roll in and out throughout the years but again, these boys are all experienced players, all well established, and have had successful careers," he said.

"When you insert players like that into a group it's only going to raise the standards and that's exactly what they've done."

Johnson also believes they bring a different perspective from one they are used to, and is confident it will bode well for the side come game time.

"It's probably the most important thing too, that we've taken from it, we've got new voices, we've got voices that have seen it, done it all, been in situations like we are in all before," he said.

"Having that fresh voice come in, maybe talk about things in a different way, shed a different light on a situation, it's pretty beneficial to us."

Kiwis skipper Adam Blair signed from the Brisbane Broncos, having previously turned out for the West Tigers and the Melbourne Storm.

The 31-year-old has echoed Johnson's beliefs and is hopeful they can bring some of the success they have had at their previous teams to the Warriors.

"I think he's recruited some good players from some great clubs and  Tohu Harris being one from Melbourne Storm, Blake Green who's been around, understands the game and I think played really well last year for Manly and led their team around really well," he said.

"A winning culture we need to bring here and Tohu's got that background, he challenges players every day, so does Greeny and I guess with a couple of other guys around here, Simon's still here, myself with a little bit of leadership hopefully will go a long way.

"It's about us living our standards, living our processes in what we got to do and drive those throughout the team with the young squad we have here."

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