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Hurrell departure part of game, says chief

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/08/2016

His departure from the Warriors was part and parcel of modern sport. © Getty Images His departure from the Warriors was part and parcel of modern sport. Former Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell is unlikely to harbour any lingering bitterness regarding his departure from the club, boss Jim Doyle says.

Hurrell left the Warriors in May after making only three appearances in 2016 and breaching team protocol on a post-match night out in Auckland.

He and five other players were dropped to reserve grade for the incident, which occurred soon after the club's 42-0 loss to the Storm in Melbourne.

The 24-year-old Hurrell subsequently joined Gold Coast, where he has recovered form and will face his former side on Sunday in Queensland.

Doyle, a former NRL chief operating officer, said the Tongan international would have his hands full on Sunday with opposing centre Solomone Kata.

His departure from the Warriors was part and parcel of modern sport.

"It's just part of the game and part of professional sport, players sometimes leave and go to other clubs which means they inevitably end up playing against each other," Doyle told reporters on Wednesday.

"I'm sure he's still close and friendly with the others."

Doyle said the Titans' signing of Jarryd Hayne on a record $A1.2 million ($NZ1.26 million) per year deal on Wednesday was unlikely to prevent Warriors fans outnumbering the home crowd.

He said members of the Gold Coast Kiwi community were passionate about the club and always showed up in force at Robina Stadium.

"When we go to the Gold Coast, we tend to have the biggest percentage of the crowd," Doyle said.

"It's always a Vodafone Warriors crowd."

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