Prospective NZ Warriors owner Paul Davys has vowed to hold players and staff accountable for their performances, if he is successful with his bid to buy the club.
The Auckland businessman has emerged over the past week, after the Herald learnt of his bid to purchase the Warriors off current owner Eric Watson.
The pair have signed a non-disclosure agreement and are going through due diligence, but they are still several million dollars apart and the sale is unlikely to proceed any time soon.
Talking to Newstalk ZB's Tony Veitch, Davys denied his offer was $NZ15 million and was not prepared to discuss figures out of respect for Eric.
"It's a personal, private matter." he said. "Once the dust settles, I'm happy to have a conversation about that."
But Davys insisted that if he took possession of the Warriors, he would cull those not pulling their weight.
"I don't think I'll have to name them, because my actions will speak for themselves," he told Veitch. "I wouldn't tolerate that, because it's cheapening the jersey.
"If you're not monitoring and protecting your culture, it will corrode. There needs to be accountability and consequences for somebody who's not being accountable.
"That's the role I would play there - I would, first of all, build the culture and then be the caretaker of it."
As a long-time fan, Davys has been frustrated with players showing little real commitment to the cause.
"I'm not pointing the finger at anyone in particular, but I just think [the club] needs to take a different direction.
"We always look to the greats when we're making these assessments, but if you look at the All Blacks, they grow another leg with that badge on their jersey.
"I think, with the Warriors at the moment ... there are a few in there who would bleed for the jumper, but I don't think there are enough.
"We need someone who knows how to build a culture with people who are prepared to sacrifice, accept less and give more ... I don't think the Warriors have that culture at the moment."
Davys has begun his own assessment of the club, but doesn't lay the blame for its struggles at the feet of chief executive Jim Doyle or coach Stephen Kearney.
"They've gone through how many coaches before Stephen, so it can't be his fault, but nothing seems to improve."
He also claims to have spoken to leading players already, including big-ticket half Shaun Johnson, whose manager, Peter Brown, is also Davys' business partner.
"Shaun has some good opinions and good views," he said. "But it's funny, he just thinks like a halfback, which is great.
"He's telling me from a halfback's perspective what he wants and he needs that, but I have to look at it from a sustainability aspect as well and consider what the club needs to be strong in the future.
"You've got to get the balance right."
Davys contacted Watson earlier this month on a whim, to enquire about his interest in selling the club and quickly found some common ground to continue the conversation.
But he confirmed Watson's own statements this week, that the current owner was in no particular hurry to offload the Warriors and wouldn't be rushed into a sale.
"It seemed like the right time and I thought I'd make the approach to Eric, because the Warriors were under so much scrutiny for another failed season," said Davys. "But I got a sense from Eric that he still had a little bit of an emotional attachment to the Warriors.
"From what I could see, I think he was still fond of those old memories, when the Warriors were doing well. You have to remember, he's taken them to two Grand Finals."
Davys initially gave Watson this week to accept his offer, but now that due diligence has begun, he expects the process to take at least another two weeks.