Warriors owner Eric Watson confirms talks of selling NRL club, says he's in 'no rush'

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Warriors owner Eric Watson says he is in "no rush" to sell the Auckland-based NRL club, despite media reports suggesting a deal with Auckland businessman Paul Davys is close to completion.

Warriors owner Eric Watson, Vodafone Warriors training session ahead of the weekends NRL Auckland Nines tournament. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. 1 February 2017. Copyright Image: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Warriors owner Eric Watson.

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Mr Davys told the Herald on Sunday that he was negotiating with Mr Watson for the club, and that only the finer details were left to resolve.

He hoped to make an announcement within a week, at which point he would take over from Mr Watson, who had owned the club since 2000.

However, Mr Watson - who is now UK-based - appeared to put the brakes on a potential sale in a statement on Sunday afternoon.

"While I'm often approached about selling the club, I will confirm that I'm in conversation with a few different parties," Mr Watson said.

I'm in no rush and I'm keen to do what's best for the club"
Warriors owner Eric Watson

"I'm in no rush and I'm keen to do what's best for the club."

Mr Watson added that he would make no further comment on the terms of the potential sale, saying it was a private matter.

The Warriors are just one of two NRL clubs to have never won a Premiership - along with the Gold Coast Titans - and have failed to live up to their potential recently, missing the finals for six consecutive seasons.

Kiwi entrepreneur Paul Davys.

Kiwi entrepreneur Paul Davys.

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Mr Davys told the Herald the Warriors were the custodians of rugby league in New Zealand, and he wanted to drive the club to success.

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