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Warriors weigh up using new teen signing Reece Walsh to counter mounting injury crisis

The Warriors will consider rolling out rookie teen sensation Reece Walsh on Sunday night against Melbourne as they try to deal with a growing backline injury crisis.

New Warriors signing Reece Walsh Source: Getty

Peta Hiku and Adam Pompey (knee) became the latest backs to go down in Sunday's win over St George Illawarra, with Hiku's shoulder a real concern.

The duo join backs David Fusitu'a (hamstring) and Euan Aitken (shoulder) on the sideline, with five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita (foot) also out long-term.

Walsh only arrived at the Warriors at the start of last week from Brisbane, with the 18-year-old seen as the long-term replacement to Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

The Warriors largely wanted to get him over early to work under Tuivasa-Sheck, but he could now be called upon far earlier than expected.

Other options also include fellow potential debutants Rocco Berry and Viliami Vailea, as well as using Paul Turner out of position out wide again.

"We've got some young ones that have been knocking on the door for a while. Rocco Berry and young Reece Walsh has only been training for a week," coach Nathan Brown said.

"And a few other younger ones, some of the development guys who are in the Q-Cup.

"We won't come out and say too much at the minute, but we'll certainly have to look at some options.

"We've got a few things to do with the team.

"We have some young blokes there who need to play footy to get good. They are talented young players but the only they are going to get better by playing."

Sunday's win was a crucial one for the Warriors.

They made just one handling error and completed 39 from 40 sets, with Brown warning they at times bordered on being too conservative.

But it took them into the top eight for the first time since early 2019 and kept their record at 3-3 heading into Melbourne on Anzac Day.

"We've had a lot of injuries. For what we've been through and where we're at, another win would have been great," Brown said.

"We've lost one by one and one by two. But we've snuck a win (on Sunday) and we snuck a win against Canberra.

"We're good by far but far from good.

"The good thing is you can tell by the scores in our game we are having a go."