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Warriors willing to offer, multi-million dollar deal to teen with no NRL experience to replace Johnson - report

The Warriors are reportedly wasting no time in finding a replacement for departed star Shaun Johnson - by offering an unproven teenage prospect a multi-million dollar long term deal.

Australian rugby league journalist Brent Read reports the Kiwi NRL club is interested in luring Dylan Brown away from the Parramatta Eels to be the long-term replacement to Johnson.

Brown was a member of the 2017 Australian Schoolboys side before joining the Eels' feeder club, the Wentworhville Magpies, this year.

He played five games for the Magpies in the Intrust Super Cup but is yet to debut in the NRL.

Read reports the Warriors are willing to offer a "six year, multi-million dollar deal" to the New Zealand-born 18-year-old.

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The Warriors have said goodbye to three halves this year with Johnson, Mason Lino, and Ata Hingano all granted releases from their deals at the club.

But as a result, the club is now desperately short-stocked in halfbacks to team up with veteran five-eighth Blake Green for 2019.

However, the club isn't putting all their eggs in Brown's basket with Kiwis playmaker Te Maire Martin also believed to be on the club's radar.

At the club, utility Peta Hiku could help in the situation or youngsters Chanel Harris-Tavita and Adam Keighran could be given a call up.

NRL Rugby League, North Queensland Cowboys v Vodafone Warriors, 1300Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Australia. Saturday 20 August 2016.  Warriors Shaun Johnson after the loss to the Cowboys. © Copyright Photo: Zak Simmonds / www.Photosport.nz
Shaun Johnson. Source: Photosport


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