Is Warriors teen Chanel Harris-Tavita the man to replace Shaun Johnson - at least for 2019?

With the Warriors announcing the departure of NRL star Shaun Johnson today, there are two rookies in the side who could shake things up and benefit from the halfback's decision to leave.  

Chanel Harris-Tavita is only 19 but has raw talent, with many rugby league pundits earmarking him as future star in the NRL.

Adam Keighran, 21, signed a two-year deal with the Warriors last month, after playing for the Penrith Panthers in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition this year.

Neither player has played a game in the NRL yet, but have the potential to fill the void left by Johnson.

Harris-Tavita has played 20 games in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW for the Warriors and scored seven tries this year.

Chanel Harris Tavita. NZ Warriors v Wyong Roos, 2018 ISP Intrust Super Premiership Rugby League season at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. 22 July 2018. Copyright photo: Renee McKay /
Chanel Harris-Tavita in action for the Warriors during an Intrust Super Premiership NSW match. Source: Photosport

His heroics in the Warriors' 24-22 win over the North Sydney Bears in round 24, booked his side a spot in the play-offs.

The Warriors Intrust NSW team were knocked out of the play-offs in week one of the finals, going down 21-20 to Mounties.

The young Kiwi half was named the NYC Player of the Year in 2017.

Harris-Tavita showed fans a snippet of his freakish talent, setting up a brilliant Junior Kiwis try against the Junior Kangaroos last month in Auckland.

With the Kiwis attacking the left edge in the 17th minute, on the final tackle of the set, second rower Isaiah Papali'i offloaded the ball to
Harris-Tavita who dropped the ball onto the back of his heel for a scorpion kick, grubbering the ball forward before regathering it.

He then managed to shake off the tackle of the last Junior Kangaroos defender before offloading the ball to Papali'i, who crossed over to score for the home side.

The Junior Kiwis went onto lose the match 40-24.

Keighran is a handy left-footed kicker who can score points and has the utility factor to play in more than one position.

Warriors player Adam Keighran during pre-season training with the NZ NRL club in Auckland.
Warriors player Adam Keighran during pre-season training with the NZ NRL club in Auckland. Source: Photosport

The 21-year has played for the Bulldogs in the past but in 2018 played for the Penrith Panthers in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW.

He was the top points scorer in the Intrust NSW competition with 202 points and was the top goal scorer with 81 successful goals in the 2018 season.

Keighran played most of this year in the centres and was named in the ISP NSW Team of the Year.

Pita Hiku has played in the halves this year for the Warriors, but with the release of Johnson - you would expect the Warriors to sign up a seasoned veteran halfback.