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‘No problem with it’: Dragons open door for young gun to boost wounded Warriors

Initially, the NRL did not approve the Warriors’ request for temporary loan players but the club hopes head office will change its mind given the circumstances.

Adam Keighran needs surgery on his knee.

Adam Keighran needs surgery on his knee.Credit:NRL Photos

The wounded Warriors signed Raiders forward Jack Murchie on Wednesday night for the rest of the season. He is there only signing since the injuries struck.

Bunty Afoa, Leeson Ah Mau, Jazz Tevaga, Jackson Frei and Adam Keighran are all out of the side due to injury. The club is running out of time to secure players before their match against the Dragons on May 30.


“There’s a lot of things that would need to happen first in ways of, as I said, it can’t be a negative on the team, a club or the player himself,” the Dragons coach said. “He’s got to want to do it and then it comes down to who looks after the injury of the player if he gets injured, the payment of the players.

“There’s a lot of things that haven’t been talked about but certainly, if it all aligned well and it was in the best benefit for everyone, I’ve got no problem with it.”

On Thursday, the Herald reported the Warriors had also targeted Ben Murdoch-Masila and Matt Eisenhuth as potential loan signings.

Wests Tigers made history as the first club to secure a loan deal when they took Storm hooker Harry Grant as a swap for Paul Momirovski.

This week, Cronulla legend Paul Gallen offered to come of retirement for the Warriors, a move backed by Sharks coach John Morris.

“I messaged him yesterday and said ‘mate, we might be playing you in a few weeks’ and had a bit of a laugh,” Morris said on Friday. “It is a great gesture by Gal, it doesn’t surprise me. I think it is just a sign of the footy community coming together to help a fellow club out. The sacrifice the Warriors have made is absolutely huge to get this game back going again.”

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