NRL: Broncos half Kodi Nikorima reportedly shopped to Warriors

Nikorima is contracted through until 2020.
Nikorima is contracted through until 2020. Photo credit: Getty

Brisbane Broncos halfback Kodi Nikorima has reportedly been offered to the Warriors as a replacement for the departing Shaun Johnson.

According to Brisbane's Courier Mail, new Broncos coach Anthony Seibold is looking to part ways with the Kiwis half and the club approached the Warriors last week to gauge their interest in his services.

The Queensland club is believed to be chasing the Eels' Mitchell Moses and also has another half - Jack Bird - returning from injury, meaning Nikorima may become surplus to requirements.

With general manager Brian Smith's confirmation that the Warriors aren't looking outside of the club for their new number seven, the club likely politely declined.

"We're not pursuing anyone," Smith told Stuff on Monday night.

"We're certainly aware of who's off contract, and we've been telephoned and have spoken to some clubs who have wondered if we wanted to do any business with guys who are on contract.

"We're aware of what's available, but we're not in any hurry. It's a big jigsaw puzzle, it's not just halfback, but other positions we could potentially strengthen if the right guys come along."

Contracted until 2020, 24-year-old Nikorima struggled to earn consistent selection under Wayne Bennett last season, but was a stand-out for the Kiwis during their recent tour of the UK.

Smith suggested the Warriors may look at utility Peta Hiku as a stop-gap measure in the halves.

"Peta would be thought about there, but I don't think any of us are thinking of it as a permanent move.

"Then again, if we were to give him a go and it worked, then great. He's certainly got the attacking skills to give it a shot."

Former assistant coach Justin Morgan believes the Warriors will be careful with the money freed up by Johnson's exit and bank on an up-and-comer, rather than a big name.

Chanel Harris-Tavita, Hayze Perham and Paul Turner are all candidates for promotion from the Warriors lower grades, while former Penrith backup halfback Adam Keighran is a new signing.

"I think they can get by without bringing a high-quality player in for the next 12 months," Morgan told Newshub.

"The one thing the Warriors have done traditionally well is introduce good halfbacks.

"There's a few untested at NRL level, but all halfbacks are untested at some point."