NRL 2019: Kodi Nikorima set to double salary in monster Warriors deal

  • 30/04/2019

Broncos half Kodi Nikorima's mid-season transfer to the Warriors is reportedly close to a done deal and the announcement of a three-and-a-half year deal at Mt Smart is imminent.

According to Stuff, the Warriors' negotiations have moved swiftly with Nikorima, since they were cleared to talk to him on Monday.

He's set to earn "more than double" his current deal with the Broncos, which is understood to be about $250,000 per season.

The Warriors have a relatively large amount of cap room to work with, primarily due to the removal of Shaun Johnson's contract from their books, after the 28-year-old's off-season move to the Cronulla Sharks.

The 13-test international would join the club immediately, with an eye to making his debut against the Dragons in the NRL's 'Magic Round' on May 11.

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold said he wouldn't pick Nikorima for Thursday's game against the Rabbitohs, providing the strongest suggestion yet that the Kiwi had played his last game for Brisbane.

"[He] has some decisions to ponder around his future, decisions that are not easy to sift through and may affect his family," said Seibold.

"It will give Kodi the time and space to think through his decision."

The 25-year-old has played over 80 matches for the Broncos, but has struggled with injury in recent weeks and appears to have fallen out of favour with Seibold.

Nikorima's arrival would likely force rookie Chanel Harris-Tevita back to NSW Cup, as he'd slot in to partner incumbent Blake Green in the halves.


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