NRL 2020: Stars lend support to injury-ravaged Warriors

Some of the rugby league's biggest names have rallied around the NZ Warriors, as they push for an NRL exemption to borrow players during their worsening injury crisis. 

The club confirmed centre Adam Keighran would require knee surgery - their third major injury this week - but some former stars of the game could be on hand to help. 

On Wednesday, the Warriors gave Tamworth locals a rousing haka farewell, as they left for their new base in Gosford.

But Keighran became the latest player ruled out for an extended period and commentator Greg Alexander has an idea.

"If the clubs are happy to do it to send the Warriors a couple of their players," says Alexander, an original Warriors player. "I think they should be allowed to do it." 

Sharks Premiership-winning captain Paul Gallen's keen to take up the offer.

The 38-year-old's ready to come to the aid of the Warriors, after their initial plea to the NRL to bring in players on loan from other sides was denied.

"We've got until June 30," said Gallen. "Billy Slater came out and said he'd play.

"Sam Thaiday today said he'd play. Between the three of us, I reckon you'd get 10-15 games out. Why not give us a call?"

"I'd consider it," Gallen adds. "I only retired last year and I was doing plenty of contact work and training with the Sharkies until two months ago... to help them out and help the game out."

The chorus of support for the Warriors didn't end there, as Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy came out in support of the option.

"It's disappointing the NRL have knocked it on its head," says Bellamy. "If it was an option, we would strongly consider it." 

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NRL 2020: Stars lend support to injury-ravaged Warriors
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