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McFadden: I can add more to Warriors

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/08/2016 Angelo Risso

Warriors boss Andrew McFadden insists he still has a contribution to make at the club despite overseeing yet another unsuccessful NRL finals tilt.

The Warriors' 36-24 loss to the Tigers on Sunday officially rules the side out of their fifth consecutive finals series, of which McFadden has coached three.

McFadden told reporters on Wednesday he'd made plenty of mistakes in his three years as coach but also felt he'd made a lot of good decisions.

He hadn't compromised on his values, blooded many young players and always acted in the club's best interests, he said.

He also had to cope with injuries to key players, including halfback Shaun Johnson's broken ankle in 2015 and fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's early-season ACL rupture.

"I know I've got the support of the players and I know there will be questions asked at the end of the year," McFadden said.

"I think very deeply about this team and what we need.

"There has not been any self-preservation in this."

Skipper Ryan Hoffman stood behind his coach, saying McFadden had prepared the Warriors well for their matches.

The players needed to take responsibility for listless performances and mid-game lapses throughout the 2016 campaign.

"Not everything comes down to the coach," the 32-year-old Hoffman said.

"He takes a lot of responsibility on himself but a lot has to come down to us as the players out there."

It would now fall upon McFadden to motivate his players for Sunday's dead rubber against Parramatta in Auckland.

Injury to winger Manu Vatuvei and the suspension of Solomone Kata has forced McFadden to tinker with his backline, reintroducing Jonathan Wright and Ken Maumalo.

McFadden admitted squad morale was low after Sunday's season-ending loss but implored his players to put in a shift for their fans.

Hoffman, who was handed the captaincy at the beginning of 2016, echoed his coach's remarks.

"We're very aware of what we let slip," the NSW Origin representative said.

"This is the last time this squad will ever play together and we know the crowd we get on Sunday will be the diehards.

"That's motivation enough."

Johnson said failure to reach the finals was particularly crushing given the squad's potential and the expectations placed upon them.

They had made too many simple mistakes at crucial times.

"We've got a game type that can match it with anyone but our defence, we leak too many easy points," the 25-year-old Johnson said.

"That's why it hurts the way it does, because we felt we should be there too."

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