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Tui Lolohea breaks silence on Warriors rumours

Sporting News logo Sporting News 11/12/2016
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Warriors back Tuimoala Lolohea is intent on staying at the club despite persistent rumours he has asked for a release.

The 21-year-old endured a frustrating 2016 season, struggling to find a permanent position in ex-coach Andrew McFadden’s side.

Rumours swirled earlier this year that he could be on the way out after he posted a photo to Instagram from the Broncos training base in Brisbane.

With the Warriors signing Kieran Foran, fresh rumours circulated last weekend that the exciting young prospect was looking to leave, but Lolohea dismisses those claims.

"I'll definitely for sure be at the warriors next year," Lolohea told Newshub.

"I know there's been a lot of talk about me in the media but I'm looking forward to staying here and learning off some of the people at the club.

"I just want to let my football do the talking when the chance comes around and just prove people wrong."

McFadden was replaced by former Kiwi Test coach Stephen Kearney after the Warriors failed to make the finals for the fifth straight season.

While the NRL hasn't officially sanctioned Foran's return after his stunning departure from the Eels, if he is permitted to play, Kearney will have one of the most fearsome spines in NRL history. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck - who was injured for most of 2016 - will start at fullback, Foran will partner Shaun Johnson in the halves and Issac Luke will run things from dummy half.

Lolohea will most likely find a home in the centres or on the wing, but has been used in the halves and at fullback in the past.

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