NRL 2020: NZ Warriors welcome Jack Murchie, but desperate for more reinforcements

Former Canberra Raider Jack Murchie has come to the NZ Warriors in search of even greener pastures and has been welcomed with open arms.

"It's been a really enjoyable first couple of days," he says. "All the boys have been really welcoming." 

With the side's forward stocks running low, his hopes of regular NRL first-grade football have been given a boost and Murchie knows the opportunity is his for the taking.   

"That's the goal, mate," he says. "I definitely want to be playing regular first grade. 

"I can see there's a big opportunity here for me to do that, so I just need to train hard and put my best foot forward." 

After losing prop Leeson Ah Mau (chest) and lock Jazz Tevaga (knee) in the past week, Warriors coach Stephen Kearney needs all the big bodies he can get and Murchie fits that bill perfectly.

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney oversees training
Warriors coach Stephen Kearney oversees training. Photo credit: Photosport

"He's keen for an opportunity to play NRL and he has a chance with us, so I'm looking forward to seeing how he progresses," he says.

Kearney's been impressed with the 22-year-old's first training sessions and admits Murchie's been on their radar for a while, but the deal was done in a matter of days. 

"We had spoken to him prior to the season commencing about him potentially joining us," he says. 

With his path to the Raiders top line-up blocked, Murchie leapt at the latest offer. 

"It happened pretty quickly, actually," he says. "I got a phone call at training down in Canberra and they said there was an opportunity with the Warriors. 

"I talked to my manager and stuff, and went from there."

But Kearney wants more reinforcements and hopes to bring in more fresh blood in the not too distant future. 

"We are looking for another 'middle'," he says. "[Warriors chief executive Cameron George] is working with the  NRL through a loan process." 

For Murchie, settling into Warriors life is the focus for now. 

"Obviously, I will do my best for the team and you know the old saying, mate, pressure makes diamonds." 

That pressure looks set to increase, when the Warriors face the St George Dragons in a week tomorrow. 

NRL 2020: NZ Warriors welcome Jack Murchie, but desperate for more reinforcements