St George Illawarra Dragons young gun Eddie Blacker set to boost depleted New Zealand Warriors

Young players are particularly desperate for field time, with reserve-grade competition the Canterbury Cup unlikely to start before July.

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.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.

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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