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George: It's about the person we're bringing in

As the dust settles on a busy offseason for the One New Zealand Warriors, CEO Cameron George is beaming with confidence as he reflects on the club's strategic signings and re-signings.

George is quick to attribute the success of the recent recruitment drive to the efforts of head of recruitment, Andrew McFadden and his team in the pathways department.

"They've all been amazing at bringing in and developing not just good players but good people too," he said.

"He (McFadden) and Webby are very close in terms of their thinking and what they want for the club.”

Recent announcements have showcased the One New Zealand Warriors' commitment to nurturing talent from within with young prospects Jacob Laban and Zyon Maiu'u being rewarded with new deals.

Rocco Berry, who also extended his contract, received a special mention from George for his commitment and resilience through some tough times.

"He's a terrific person Rocco, who has been in our system for a while now," he said.

"Despite facing a few injuries, he worked exceptionally hard for us, especially during the Covid period, and we witnessed a great season from him under Webby.

"I think working with guys like Roger Tuivasa-Sheck this season is only going to bring the best out of him."

Berry's extension was announced alongside Jackson Ford, who has committed to the club through until the end of 2025.

"Jacko re-signing is a good sign that the club is heading in the right direction."

A significant addition to the roster is Kurt Capewell, who joins the One New Zealand Warriors from the Broncos. Another signing which George emphasised, went beyond simply playing ability.

"Again, it's about the person we're bringing in; he's a winner Kurt, he's a competitor, and all the signings in the last week share those same attributes.”

While acknowledging the importance of depth in key positions, George reserves special praise for captain Tohu Harris, who recently committed to the club through to 2025 as well.

"Our captain, our leader, the one who inspires the group not necessarily with his words but with his actions."

Harris' commitment to the One New Zealand Warriors and his belief in winning a premiership with the team exemplify the leadership his club values, said George.

"Look, season 2023 was great for us, no doubt, and we have the best fans in the competition," he said.

“Now it's time to turn up and get down here to support your club in 2024 because we are ready."

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