Warriors snatch Storm player, appoint new skipper

Second rower Tohu Harris has played his last game for the Melbourne Storm.
Second rower Tohu Harris has played his last game for the Melbourne Storm. TRACEY NEARMY

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Warriors have pulled off a major coup, signing Melbourne Storm star Tohu Harris on a four-year deal from 2018.

It was revealed last week that new Warriors coach Stephen Kearney was keen to make Harris his first signing since taking over the top job from Andrew McFadden.

The news is a blow to the Storm who recently released fellow backrower Kevin Proctor to the Gold Coast.

"I've had a great time with the Storm and I owe them so much for what they've done for me,” Harris said on Wednesday.

"Coming home to play for the Warriors is a fantastic opportunity, though. The club has a great roster with so many Kiwi boys there and being back in New Zealand closer to family is a big attraction.

"I also have great respect for Mooks (Kearney) through my time with him in the Kiwis and I look forward to working with him again.”

Harris made his NRL debut with the Storm in 2013 and has gone on to play 103 games.

In addition to club duties, he's also played 16 Tests for New Zealand.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in action for the Warriors.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in action for the Warriors. David Rowland

Meanwhile, the club has also announced that Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will captain the side in 2017.

The star fullback takes over the role from veteran forward Ryan Hoffman.

"Hoff has given the Warriors tremendous service as a player since joining us in 2015 and as captain last season,” Kearney said.

"As one of our leaders he'll still have a critical leadership role to play this year. That won't change.

"What we've done is to look further ahead with not just the captaincy but also the make-up of our squad.

"It's exciting to bring Roger in as our new captain and to also secure Tohu from next season. He's a wonderful forward, still young and very much at the top of his game. I certainly look forward to having him with us next year.”

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