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Reflecting on contributions from class of 2022

A number of NRL contracted players have now finished their time with the Vodafone Warriors following the end of the club’s 2022 campaign last weekend.

However, some who have been officially farewelled have more football ahead of them with feeder club Redcliffe in the Hostplus Cup play-offs.

The Dolphins beat the Falcons in week one of the finals last weekend and now advance directly to week three, just a win away from reaching the grand final.

Three of the Vodafone Warriors’ top 30 NRL squad finished up earlier in the season, Ash Taylor medically retired after just one game and Kodi Nikorima and Matt Lodge moving to other clubs.

Two departing members from the 2022 NRL squad – Pride Petterson-Robati and Junior Ratuva – didn’t make an NRL appearance during their time with the club while Jackson Frei wasn’t on a top 30 contract this year.

Five players who had been NRL regulars across two or more seasons were among those farewelled at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday night – Euan Aitken, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Eliesa Katoa, Jack Murchie and Reece Walsh.

Harris-Tavita has the most extensive career with the club with 54 appearances since his debut in 2019.

Here’s a look at the departing players’ NRL careers in their time with the Vodafone Warriors.

VODAFONE WARRIORS | DEPARTED PLAYERS

#251 EUAN AITKEN | 2021-2022
Appearances: 35
Points: 40
Tries: 10
Try assists: 3
Line breaks: 6
Tackle breaks: 79
Metres gained: 3527 (100 per game)
Tackles: 1037 (30 per game)

#267 JESSE ARTHARS | 2022
Appearances: 12
Points: 20
Tries: 5
Try assists: 0
Line breaks: 5
Tackle breaks: 21
Metres gained: 859 (71 per game)
Tackles: 193 (16 per game)

#269 DAEJARN ASI | 2022
Appearances: 8
Points: 8
Tries: 2
Try assists: 5
Line breaks: 2
Tackle breaks: 13
Metres gained: 437 (55 per game)
Tackles: 154 (19 per game)

#233 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA | 2019-2022
Appearances: 54
Points: 133
Tries: 7
Goals: 52
Try assists: 17
Line breaks: 7
Tackle breaks: 50
Metres gained: 2860 (52 per game)
Tackles: 889 (16 per game)

#242 ELIESA KATOA | 2020-2022
Appearances: 46
Points: 40
Tries: 10
Try assists: 1
Line breaks: 9
Tackle breaks: 65
Metres gained: 3619 (70 per game)
Tackles: 1142 (25 per game)

#271 DUNAMIS LUI | 2022
Appearances: 4
Points: 0
Try assists: 1
Line breaks: 1
Tackle breaks: 2
Metres gained: 227 (56 per game)
Tackles: 55 (14 per game)

#244 JACK MURCHIE | 2020-2022
Appearances: 37
Points: 28
Tries: 7
Try assists: 2
Line breaks: 6
Tackle breaks: 26
Metres gained: 2412 (53 per game)
Tackles: 973 (26 per game)

PRIDE PETTERSON-ROBATI | 2021-2022
No NRL appearances

JUNIOR RATUVA | 2020 & 2022
No NRL appearances

#259 REECE WALSH | 2021-2022
Appearances: 38
Points: 182
Tries: 11
Goals: 69
Try assists: 23
Line breaks: 23
Tackle breaks: 139
Metres gained: 4621 (121 per game)
Tackles: 184 (5 per game)

Departed earlier in season   

#268 ASH TAYLOR | 2022
Appearances: 1
Points: 0
Try assists: 1
Line breaks: 0
Tackle breaks: 0
Metres gained: 14
Tackles: 17                                            

#236 KODI NIKORIMA | 2019-2022
Appearances: 59
Points: 165
Tries: 11
Goals: 61
Try assists: 30
Line breaks: 18
Tackle breaks: 68
Metres gained: 4011 (65 per game)
Tackles: 1001 (17 per game)

#263 MATT LODGE | 2021-2022
Appearances: 40
Points: 0
Try assists: 1
Line breaks: 1
Tackle breaks: 46
Metres gained: 1754 (125 per game)
Tackles: 344 (25 per game)

Also departing (not in top 30 squad)

LLEYTON FINAU | 2021-2022
No NRL games

#265 JACKSON FREI | 2019-2022
Appearances: 3
Points: 0
Try assists: 0
Line breaks: 0
Tackle breaks: 2
Metres gained: 84 (28 per game)
Tackles: 33 (11 per game)

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