Duo make Warriors returns

10 October 2017 23:23:25 GMTPlus11

The Warriors have brought utility Peta Hiku and back rower Matiu Love-Henry back to the club for 2018.

The pair return after stints overseas, with Hiku having been granted an early release from his contract with Warrington Wolves in the English Super League.

The 24-year-old was named in the Kiwis' Rugby League World Cup squad last week, so to sign a three-year deal with the Warriors makes it a double bonus.

Love-Henry, who played 32 NYC games for the Junior Warriors in 2014-2015, is coming home on a one-year deal after two seasons with the Broncos.

Warriors CEO Cameron George said though Love-Henry hadn't managed to break into the Brisbane side in the NRL, coach Stephen Kearney had been impressed with his development and attitude when he was at the Broncos.

Speaking of Hku, George added: "We're delighted to be able to secure Peta, a player who brings us not only international experience but also a background in both the NRL and the Super League. Another benefit is the working relationship he has with Stephen through his time with the Kiwis."

Hiku, who is the fourth New Zealand international the club have secured for 2018 and beyond, joining Kiwi captain Adam Blair, second rower Tohu Harris and backline utility Gerard Beale along with Tonga international Leivaha Pulu.

The club will have seven players in total at the tournament, with Simon Mannering, Shaun Johnson and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck all in the Kiwis squad.

Warriors fans may remember Hiku from his one season in the NYC in Auckland in 2012.

Hiku made 23 appearances for the Junior Warriors and was named the club's NYC Player of the Year, before earning a three-year deal with the Sea Eagles.

At Manly he bagged 23 tries in 60 games while being used at fullback, wing and centre. He moved to Penrith in 2016 before joining Warrington where he scored 10 tries in just 11 appearances.

Hiku made his Test bow in 2014 and was a key contributor to the Kiwis' Four Nations triumph covering the fullback position for the injured Tuivasa-Sheck.

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