The Warriors have got their man.
After reports of negotiations to lure star Brisbane Broncos second rower Kurt Capewell across the Tasman, the Warriors today confirmed the signing of the 30-year-old on a three-year deal which will see him play with the club until the end of the 2026 season.
Capewell, who has fronted for Queensland at State of Origin level on nine occasions, was contracted with the Broncos until the end of the 2024 campaign, but was granted an immediate release from the club in order to sign with the Warriors.
Capewell, who is expected to land in Auckland next week, brings a high pedigree to the second-row stocks at Mt Smart Stadium - he won an NRL Premiership title with the Penrith Panthers in 2021 and has played 139 NRL matches to date.
“We’re thrilled to be able to lock in a player of Kurt’s quality and experience immediately,” said Warriors general manager of recruitment, pathways and development Andrew McFadden.
“With room in our squad, we tabled a long-term offer in the hope of bringing Kurt to club from 2024. We’re grateful to the Broncos for their help in allowing him to leave early.
”Quite apart from what Kurt will provide as a player, he’ll be immensely valuable with his experience in a mentoring role for the young back rowers we have coming through the club.”
The confirmation of Capewell’s signing comes on the same day that the club announced fellow second rower Jackson Ford and centre Rocco Berry had both extended their time at the club; Ford remaining a Warriors until the end of 2025 and Berry through until the end of 2026.
Capewell joins the Warriors as a familiar face to the team’s head coach Andrew Webster, with Webster working as an assistant coach with the Panthers during Capewell’s time in Penrith.
Speaking on the signing, Webster said Capewell “fits the profile” of the type of player the Warriors want in their squad.
“Kurt is a winner with tremendous passion and a terrific work ethic,” he said.
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with him when we were both at Penrith and I know from that experience that he’ll add so much to our squad and to the club in an overall sense.”
Christopher Reive joined the Herald sports team in 2017, bringing the same versatility to his coverage as he does to his sports viewing habits.
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