NRL: Jackson Ford, Rocco Berry extend stay with NZ Warriors

Jackson Ford and Rocco Berry.
Jackson Ford and Rocco Berry. Photo credit: Photosport

Second-rower Jackson Ford and centre Rocco Berry have extended their stays with NZ Warriors.

With their contracts due to expire at the end of 2024, Ford has recommitted through 2025 and Berry through 2026.

After joining from St George Dragons, Ford blossomed into a regular selection for the Warriors, appearing in 24 of the club's 27 games during their run to the preliminary final.

He scored four tries, and made nine linebreaks and 73 tacklebreaks, while averaging 103 metres and 35 tackles a game.

Rocco Berry in action last season.
Rocco Berry in action last season. Photo credit: Photosport

Berry doubled his tally of games played from the 2021 season to become a fixture in the Warriors midefield, cementing a formidable combination with winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

He finished his third NRL season with three tries, eight try assists, 10 linebreak assists, four linebreaks and 31 tacklebreaks, while he averaged 75 metres and 17 tackles a game (with a 91 percent success rate). 

"Rocco and Jackson both thrived in the new environment created this season," said Warriors recruitment, pathways and development general manager Andrew McFadden.

"Like so many players in the squad, their games went to a new level this year, and there's every confidence they'll improve further next year and beyond." 

Head coach Andrew Webster is thrilled to see the players rewarded for their performances.

"The terrific thing about Rocco and Jackson is their drive to become better each and every day," he said. "They're great examples of what we want to see in our players with their commitment and their passion.

"Rocco made tremendous strides throughout the season, gaining in confidence, as he was able to string a number of games together and show the ability we all know he has. 

"Jackson hit the ground running the moment he arrived here, demanded a starting spot in round one, and never let his standards slip."

The pair's recommitment is the latest development in the Warriors recruitment drive, after securing captain Tohu Harris for a further year.

The club is also closing in on Brisbane Broncos star Kurt Capewell, who's expected to confirm his move across the Tasman imminently.