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Warriors sign two young players after star's mid-season exit

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Publish Date
Tue, 10 May 2022, 9:59am
Kodi Nikorima's time with the Warriors is officially over. (Photo / Photosport)
Kodi Nikorima's time with the Warriors is officially over. (Photo / Photosport)

Warriors sign two young players after star's mid-season exit

Author
NZ Herald ,
Publish Date
Tue, 10 May 2022, 9:59am

The Warriors have made up for the loss of playmaker Kodi Nikorima with the signing of two young Roosters players.

The New Zealand club today confirmed Nikorima was granted an immediate release from his contract to join the Rabbitohs, then announced the signing of Roosters halfback Ronald Volkman and hooker Freddy Lussick.

Nikorima, the Kiwis international who joined the Warriors in May 2019, was signed until the end of the season, but Warriors general manager of football Craig Hodges said the club wasn't going to stand in his way of his request to leave.

"We were committed to having Kodi for the rest of the year but he and his management requested an immediate release," Hodges said.

"He wanted to take up an offer elsewhere. Given the circumstances we weren't going to stand in his way.

"We thank Kodi for the contribution he has made to the club over the last three years and wish him and his family all the best for the future."

Shortly after news of Nikorima's exit, the Warriors were quick to offset the loss with the addition of a pair of promising players.

Ronald Volkman. Photo / Warriors

Ronald Volkman. Photo / Warriors

The 19-year-old Volkman's three-year contract from 2023 through to 2025 was announced last week, but he will now link up with the Warriors early.

Meanwhile, Volkman's 21-year-old teammate Lussick has been secured on a contract to the end of 2022 campaign.

Both players joined the Warriors in Redcliffe today.

"We're thrilled to be able to add Ronald and Freddy to our squad right now," said Hodges.

"We were keen to have Ronald onboard for the rest of this season rather than waiting for 2023. It's beneficial for him and for us to have him settled into the club sooner rather than later.

"And Freddy brings NRL experience out of the Roosters' system to add more support in the dummy half ranks to Wayde Egan and Taniela Otukolo."

Volkman, who balanced rugby league and union as a schoolboy star, is a gifted young half who is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the game.

Freddy Lussick (right). Photo / Warriors

Freddy Lussick (right). Photo / Warriors

Lussick made his NRL debut with the Roosters in 2020 and was loaned to the St George Illawarra Dragons for two games last year. He made five NRL appearances with the Roosters in 2020, four in 2021 and two for the Dragons.

Along with Volkman, Lussick has played for the Roosters' feeder club the North Sydney Bears in the New South Wales Cup. He also played at under-18 and under-20 level for the Roosters.

Ronald Volkman

Born: July 4, 2002
Birthplace: Sydney, NSW
Junior club: Bankstown Bulls
Position: Halfback
Height: 179cm
Weight: 93kg
Previous clubs: Sydney Roosters, North Sydney Bears
NRL debut: Yet to make debut
New South Wales Cup career: 8 games for North Sydney Bears (2021-2022)
New South Wales Cup points: 34 (1 try, 15 goals)

Freddy Lussick

Born: August 28, 2000
Birthplace: Sydney, NSW
Junior club: Beacon Hill Bears
Position: Hooker
Height: 180cm
Weight: 84kg
Previous clubs: Sydney Roosters (2020-2021), St George Illawarra Dragons (2021)
NRL debut: Sydney Roosters v Wests Tigers, Leichhardt Oval, Sydney, August 22, 2020 (Rd
15)
NRL career: 11 appearances (2020-2021), Sydney Roosters: 9 games (2020-2021), St George Illawarra Dragons: 2 games (2021)
NRL points: 4 (I try)
New South Wales Cup career: 7 games for North Sydney Bears (2019-2022)
New South Wales Cup points: 4 (1 try)