Warriors recruit Tohu Harris vows to take on leadership role ahead of NRL season

Forward Tohu Harris knows he needs to step up and become a leader for the Warriors if the Auckland club to succeed on the field in 2018.

The 26-year-old is in the first year of a four-year deal with the Warriors after a successful five seasons at the Melbourne Storm.

Harris played 117 games for the Storm alongside some of the best players in the game including Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater.

But after many years of success with Melbourne, including winning an NRL title, the Hastings-born product finds himself on the team that hasn't played finals football since 2011.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the Warriors trial match against the Gold Coast Titans on the Sunshine Coast, Harris vowed to step up and become more of a leader.

"Leadership, that's something I am really trying to do," he said.

"We have got some experienced players that we can all lean on and have a good balance across the field so without trying to take too much on, I'm trying to take a step forward and take on more leadership.

"But that starts with myself, making sure I'm being accountable and making sure I'm doing all the little things to play well myself. If I'm not playing well myself, then I feel like I'm not leading in the way that I'm meant to be."

Harris has the ability to play at multiple positions including second row, lock, centre and five-eighth. 

Although coach Stephen Kearney hasn't confirmed exactly where Harris will play this season, the New Zealand international said he is happy to play wherever he is needed.

"We are playing with a few different things at the moment and a few different combinations," Harris said.

"I trained in the middle today so it's all new, we are trying new things so well have to wait and see how it develops.

"We have had a really good pre-season so now it's time to turn our attention to Saturday."