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Apr 23, 2013

Kodi Nikorima isn't part of Anthony Seibold's plans, according to the Courier Mail.

Broncos halfback Kodi Nikorima was offered to the Warriors last week, according to Brisbane's Courier Mail.

New Broncos coach Anthony Seibold doesn't rate Nikorima, who recently went on the Kiwis' tour to England and the newspaper has reported that the Broncos approached the Warriors to see if they were keen on him being a replacement for the departed Shaun Johnson.

However, the Warriors's general manager of football, Brian Smith, told Stuff on Monday that they aren't pursuing anyone from outside the club.

So if Nikorima was offered to the Warriors, the club said thanks, but no thanks, with Smith saying Stephen Kearney was comfortable with giving the young halves a chance to prove themselves.

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"We're not pursuing anyone," Smith said.

"We're certainly aware of who's off contract and we've been telephoned and have spoken to some clubs who have wondered if we wanted to do any business with guys who are on contract.

"So we're aware of what's available, but we're not in any hurry. It's a big jigsaw puzzle, it's not just halfback, but other positions we could potentially strengthen if the right guys come along."

The 24-year-old Nikorima has often been in a battle to retain a starting spot in the halves at the Broncos, despite being a player that Wayne Bennett rated.

He is signed with the Broncos until the end of the 2020 season, but doesn't appear to be someone the Warriors are chasing, as they're not chasing anyone.

Former Warriors assistant coach Justin Morgan addressed Smith's comments to Stuff on Trackside Radio on Tuesday morning and told Glen Larmer that it's a smart call by the club to look in house for a halfback.

"The interesting part of the article is that the Warriors are quite happy to strengthen other parts of their squad," Morgan told Trackside Radio.

"That's a luxury now that a marquee player has left them with a huge chunk of money, to possibly strengthen other areas.

"Maybe another middle forward is what they need. They've bought Leeson Ah Mau, but with James Gavet leaving to go to the Knights, they might need another middle forward to give them that go forward.

They've also bought Adam Keighran (from the Panthers) he's untested at NRL level, but he's a young halfback on the rise and they could give him an opportunity to cement that No 7 spot.

"So there are a couple of options they've got in house."

Morgan said he understood the rationale of blooding a young halfback alongside the experienced Blake Green, but was concerned about what would happen if he picked up a serious injury.

"The only options they have are Peta Hiku, who could play that role, but he certainly wouldn't be able to take that senior halfback position.

"To put that stress on a young player, to take that senior halfback role, would be too much of an ask.

"Tohu Harris could possibly slot in there on a part-time basis, but do you weaken one position to strengthen another?"

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