New Warriors sign Ronald Volkman and Freddy Lussick to create internal competition
The Warriors landed teenage halfback Ronald Volkman.
The arrival of Ronald Volkman and Freddy Lussick to the Warriors from the Roosters this week will help the club in a number of ways, says Nathan Brown.
The Warriors have been one of the busiest clubs with player movement lately.
They lost Ash Taylor to retirement and Kodi Nikorima got an early release to join the Rabbitohs, while Cowboys and Volkman’s Daejarn Asi came along, along with hooker Lussick.
Volkman, 19, has been hailed as a potential superstar, but his road to the Roosters has been blocked.
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This could prove to be as good a signing for the Warriors as getting Reece Walsh from the Broncos. At the Warriors, he is considered the half that will eventually replace Shaun Johnson, but there is no date when that could happen.
Once Walsh joined the Warriors last year, it would still be the case that it would be sooner rather than later for him to make his NRL debut.
But Brown isn’t sure how long it will be before Volkman reaches freshman footy.
“Where Ronald is going to be in the next six to eight weeks, I honestly couldn’t tell you,” Brown said.
“We’re not going to put limits on him, but we’re not going to put any pressure on him either.”
Volkman was not expected to join the Warriors until next season, but the Roosters felt there was no good reason for him to stay with them.
They have Luke Keary and Sam Walker as their starting halves, with Lachlan Lam and Drew Hutchison also in the squad.
So there was little chance that Volkman would get a run for the Habs this year, but that may not be the case with the Warriors.
“I couldn’t sit here and say one thing or another,” Brown said.
“But he’s here for the next three years and we thought he would be good for us as a club.
“What it looks like now, we’ll watch him train and watch him play.
“Is it someone who has the potential to play CP this year? I cannot answer this question.
“I know that with his presence here, there are no negatives, everything is positive.
“We can watch him, he can train with us and if it works he’s good enough to play, that will be a bonus.”
Asi is only contracted with the club for the rest of the season and no decision has yet been made on whether he will be offered a new contract and it is the same situation with Lussick.
But it looks like Lussick has already moved ahead of Taniela Otukolo in the prostitute pecking order and he will provide some real competition for Wayde Egan for the No.9 shirt, something he hasn’t had since Karl Lawton joined the squad. Sea Eagles early last year. .
“Freddy is a bit more experienced than Taniela, not just in the game, both in age and in training experience,” Brown said.
“Freddy will not only help relieve Wayde on the pitch, but also train off the pitch.
“He will also put pressure on Taniela. Taniela has been the second prostitute in our club for several years, at a very young age.
“So we want to get on stage with our young guys, if they’re playing they’ve earned the right to play, they’re not playing just because they’re there in that position.
“Freddy will help Taniela develop because he is a seasoned coach.
“He’s been at a really good club, so he knows what hard training and hard work looks like, which will help Taniela see another prostitute do that.”