Warriors and Kiwis utility Elijah Taylor will join former coach Ivan Cleary at Penrith next year.

Taylor, who has been named to start at hooker in Saturday's season-opener against the Eels in Sydney, will leave the Warriors when his contract expires at the end of the season.

He will join Lewis Brown, Dean Whare, Sika Manu, Mose Masoe and Matt Robinson at part of a strong Kiwi contingent Cleary is putting together at Penrith.

Former Warriors prop Jeremy Latimore also joined the club this season.


Rumours at Taylor's discontent over his inability to negotiate a suitable salary have been swirling around Penrose since mid-way through last season. Taylor also unwittingly became the figurehead for a 'player revolt' over the non-appointment of former assistant Tony Iro as coach late last season when his comments before a test match in Townsville were mis-represented by Australian media.

Most comfortable at lock or in the second row, Taylor has made 44 appearances for the Warriors since making his debut against the Sharks in Taupo in 2011. The 23-year-old has also played three tests for the Kiwis.