Brown reluctant to rush starlet

22 April 2021 13:20:34 GMTPlus10

Warriors coach Nathan Brown says he will not rush teen recruit Reece Walsh into his side unless more injuries force his hand ahead of the Anzac Day clash with Melbourne.

The 18-year-old signed a three-year contract with the Warriors that was due to start from 2022 but he was granted an early release from the Broncos.

Walsh has been named on the extended bench for the clash against the premiers but Brown is reluctant to hand him what would no doubt be a baptism of fire.

"It depends on the fitness of everyone else - if the whole squad gets through it's probably unlikely," Brown said.

"It's a good experience for him to be named and travel with the team. We certainly don't want to rush him there if we don't have to."

The Warriors have been hit by a number of issues heading into the game with Peta Hiku, Adam Pompey and Paul Turner all injured following last week's win over the Dragons.

It means second-rower Jack Murchie will switch to centre and Brown believes he is more than capable of taking the No.4 jersey.

He will partner Marcelo Montoya and could be in for a tough game as they will be up against Storm duo Reimis Smith and Jusin Olam.

"He's played a little bit there and he's got the leg speed to play there - he's a very athletic kid," Brown told reporters on Wednesday.

"He's filled in there at different stages - he's certainly not a recognised centre but he's got the athleticism to do it."

The Warriors are priced at 9.00 to win beat the Storm.

The Warriors are 51.00 to win the NRL grand final.

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