NRL: Kodi Nikorima unfazed by filling Shaun Johnson's boots for Warriors

New Warriors signing Kodi Nikorima isn't worrying about filling the boots of Shaun Johnson.

The 25-year-old is just interested in creating his own legacy, after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2021.

The Warriors will pay Nikorima about $500,000 a season - double what he was on at the Broncos.

"I don't really see it as replacing Shaun," he said. "What he had done here is incredible.

"I don't want to compare myself to him - I've come here to be my own player. I'm Kodi Nikorima, I won't ever try and be anybody else."

Nikorima was born in New Zealand, but has played his whole NRL career so far at the Brisbane Broncos.

A promise to play in the halves at the Warriors was a big drawcard for Nikorima.

"A lot of things are going through my mind," he said. "There's a lot of security here.

"There's a future for me in the position I want to play and the Broncos couldn't offer me any of that.

"There's no animosity between me and the Broncos - they're pretty honest in saying Tom [Deardren] was their future half. The Warriors came to me and said they wanted me to play in the halves.

"I'm excited, I'm really happy to be here and I can't wait to play in the Warriors jersey."

When asked about his return to Suncorp Stadium next weekend, the 25-year-old said he was ready to go back to the place he called home for four years.

"It will be a weird experience, playing in a different colour and being on the opposite sheds, but when I run onto the field, I'll be comfortable."

After being in the country for less than 24 hours, Nikorima said he had a brief chat with future halves partner Blake Green.

"We had a brief chat about what we want to do," he said. "He's won premierships and the most exciting thing I'm looking to is learning off him."


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