Casey Warriors season preview
By Tate Spiteri
The Casey Warriors will be out to go one better in season 2017 after their 2016 ended in heartbreaking circumstances, a 4-point Grand Final loss to Werribee.
While the Warriors will be reeling the massive loss of Bronson Vincent who has moved to Queensland and signed to play for Maroochydoore RLFC, the powerhouse club have been bolstered by some massive ins.
The Warriors have landed former North West Wolves and South East Titans player Brandon Taua’a as well as Richard Ene and Wellington born prop Michael Ki.
Ki shapes as one of the recruits of the season having had previous stints with the Parramatta Eels and NZ Warriors NYC sides and more recently the CQ Capras.
The 22-year-old has been described as a player with great potential and will no doubt catch the eye of the Melbourne Storm and Victorian State selectors given his strong reputation.
The combination of Ki and the NRL Victoria player of the year for the past two seasons Pride Petterson-Robati will no doubt be a massive headache for teams facing the Warriors this season.
Petterson-Robati has been named as the Warriors first grade captain for this season.
Other players to look out for at the Warriors this year include last year NRL Victoria representative player of the year Waka Sweet and prominent try-scorer John Nicholas.
Coach Arana Taepa told NRL Victoria the Warriors goals for the season are to again finish in the top four and he has nominated Werribee and Doveton as his teams main threats.
Casey will start their season this Saturday with a home games against the Altona Roosters.