The Warriors should sign a centre to fill the void left by the departure of Josh Dugan, according to an insider.
The Warriors’ forward group is in need of an infusion of pace and skill and is now in need for some stability, according a source close to the club.
Dugan was signed by the Warriors last summer as a free agent, but the forward line is currently struggling with injury.
He played a key role in the Warriors’ title-winning campaign in 2015 and 2016, and will now have to prove his fitness for next season.
The insider also said the Warriors could sign a forward to fill a similar role to the one they used in the mid-90s when they signed James Graham and the now-retired Steve Hines.
They have an excellent group of players in the forward group, but could look to sign another player who can play a similar position to Dugan and could fit in the club’s style of play.
The source said Dugan is one of the Warriors best players and could be a suitable replacement for Graham, who will be replaced by the experienced Luke Lewis.
Degans last season was a huge success, scoring 18 tries in a remarkable 18-year run.
Graham has played all over the ground for the Warriors in the past, and while his playing time has dropped in recent years, his role in their attack is no longer diminished.
Graham will be missed by many of the team’s fans, but he was one of their best players last season, averaging 18 disposals and a career-high 15 tackles per game.
Lewis was one the club said was “the best young player in the game” and is still learning the ropes, but there is little doubt the club will look to add him to the forward pack.
Lewis has started every game for the club this season and has scored 16 goals in his debut season with the club, while the 28-year-old will also be available for selection in the grand final.
Deegan has played nine games in the finals for the Raiders, but has yet to score a goal for the team.
The Club will be looking to add some more firepower to the side next season, with James Tedesco, James Frawley and Shaun Burgoyne all contracted to the Warriors.