Matthew Elliott. Photo by Getty
Matt Elliott expects the Warriors to make one or two
further additions to their 2013 squad but is preaching patience
as the best approach for the Auckland club.
When Elliott signed on as club boss in early October, much
was made of the financial resources available to the new
coach and the club's willingness to splash the cash,
especially given the struggles of 2012 and the youthful
nature of the squad.
So far, only former Titan utility Dominque Peyroux has been
recruited, leaving many fans wondering when other names may
"I'd like to think we would have those players here by
February or March but if we have to wait longer we will,"
Elliott told the Herald on Sunday. "The Bulldogs were a
pretty good example of the patient approach [last season].
They waited and they got Sam Perrett and Krisnan Inu who
ended up being major contributors to their success."
With strong depth in the pack, accentuated with Simon
Mannering and Ben Henry now seen solely as forwards, Elliott
is only looking at recruits in the backline.
"I think we are okay for forwards," says Elliott. "[In the
backs] someone with a bit of versatility would be good, who
could play across a couple of positions.
"In the halves we have got players there with a bit of
versatility but I still think we are narrow there by one.
"Also in the outside backs, probably one more player would be
good. It's not because we don't have the talent there - just
because of the depth. That is what was tested last year."
While there are few free agents still on the market as squads
are finalised across the NRL and pre-season kicks into gear,
Elliott is confident that players will become available in
the next few months.
"Every year I have been involved in the NRL, clubs are always
looking to shift players before the start of the season,"
"We have already been approached by clubs and we could have
already got a half and an outside back in two months ago -
but we have people here that offer plenty.
"It is all about waiting for the players that are the right
"There is no use recruiting players that aren't as good as we
have already got. They have got to be as good or slightly
better and we want to have that competitive environment."
- By Michael Burgess