'I know we have to win back our fans' - Pressure on Warriors to deliver in first home game of new season after big win in Perth


Faithful fans of the Warriors are less than 72 hours away from knowing what part of the rollercoaster ride their on with their team’s first home game at Mount Smart Stadium on the horizon.

The pressure from fans is being felt everywhere - from players to coaches and even the CEO.
Source: 1 NEWS

Last week's Perth demolition of the Bunnies is now a distant memory, and both players and management at the Kiwi NRL club know it's time to face the home fans.

"I know we have to win back our fans," CEO Cameron George said.

"And I know we have to win back a lot of people's faith in the club."

However, it seems many are already convinced.

A flood of calls for memberships followed the big win along with close to 14,000 tickets have already been sold for the game against the Titans on St Patrick's Day.

A portion of those sales is going towards rebuilding Tonga after the small Pacific nation was hit hard by Cyclone Gita.

George said it’s about giving back.

We've got a target of 25 plus thousand dollars in terms of what we want to donate and we're already up over the 10,000 mark.

The Warriors’ own rebuild may have saved coach Stephen Kearney, who some insiders said had just three games to impress this season or face an early exit.

George said that pressure wasn’t just on Kearney though.

"Stephen was never under threat in my mind. And there's no time limit.

"We all need to get results whether it be Stephen or me."

The change in fortunes has been noted by prospective owner, American Richard Fale.

Fale has extended his stay to watch Saturday's game and told 1 NEWS the sale is extremely close to being finalised.

"Whoever [the new owner] is, all I know is that they'll get a team that's committed to trying to win every time we play," George said

Another big win would definitely help get the deal across the line.

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