Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney is close to revealing his 18-man squad for the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park on February 4 and 5.

Less than two weeks out from the event's fourth edition, Kearney today fronted a media session to give some hints about the squad.

He said several senior players had been ruled out of consideration as they continued their recovery from offseason surgery or injuries picked up during the preseason campaign.

Watch his full media conference.

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