NRL: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad confirms Warriors departure

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad. Photo credit: Photosport

Promising Warriors outside back Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is leaving to join the Canberra Raiders. 

The 23-year-old was seen as one of the club's brightest prospects, but limited opportunities have seen him exit the Mt Smart Stadium headquarters.

His arrival in Canberra will help cover the loss of NZ international Jordan Rapana, who was injured on the Kiwis tour of England and will miss the first half of the season after shoulder reconstruction. 

Nicoll-Klokstad made his Warriors debut in 2017, scoring seven tries in seven games, but could not edge out David Fusitu'a or Ken Maumalo on the wings last season.

"Just wanna thank the Warriors for everything they've given me and my family the last 4 years [sic]," the Cook Islands international said on Instagram.

"From the opportunity to come home and for giving me my debut, the highs and the lows of this game has been a great learning adventure for both me and my little tribe," he said.

"[I] can't thank the club, the fans and my family enough for everything that they've contributed to my time back home.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity that's presented itself, will be challenging yet an enjoyable experience.

"God has been so good through this whole process and can't wait to see what he has planned for me and my tribe moving forward."

Nicoll-Klokstad is well known for his off-field work. Two years ago, he bought shoes for a 13-year-old fan with cerebral palsy and he's also an ambassador for Physical Disability Rugby League New Zealand.

He was contracted to the NRL club until the end of the 2019 season. 

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