Warriors fans have reacted with despair, derision and minimal delight to the reported signings of Broncos forward Adam Blair and Sharks back Gerard Beale.
Years of false dawns and broken promises from the embattled Auckland NRL club have taken a toll, with 31-year-old Kiwi World Cup captain Blair and the 10-test Beale getting a rough reception. Warriors fatigue even includes some fans commiserating with the pair.
The club has missed the NRL finals for a sixth consecutive year, the season ending with nine consecutive losses.
The initial emoji situation on the NZ Herald Facebook feed was more positive, with 213 fans giving a thumbs up, 91 laughing and 17 angry.
But the comments section was mainly scathing, dotted with the odd positive response. Messages to the Radio Sport Breakfast were in a similar vein.
A sample of comments.-
Cam Mikkelsen Welcome to the retirement village boys
Brendon Morris Soooo, 2 players, a has-been and an unwanted, are going to turn the Warriors into a championship winning team?
Jarrod Knight How come the warriors have become the dumping ground for retirees? Targeting the wrong people. We should be trying to encourage young and up and coming talent... terrible signing of Blair...
Sonny Jerome Blair could be the key to building a stronger culture in the club... Im very hopeful with his pick up... He's been through the best clubs in the NRL and coached by the best coaches... this could be the change thats needed... Wiki done the same too i believe.. Campion too?
Alan Fieldsend Poor buggers signing with the Warriors they will regret it
T Roy Evans Beale is ok, better than what we've got. Blair is a disappointment, so he'll fit right in.
Jamie Hislop Wouldn't call it a boost. Neither are much of an improvement.
Jamaal Tuia Turning the Warriors into the kiwis team will not be good for NZ league or the NRL
JohnMaxine Metuariki Really... rubbish, going backwards... again, not much hope for the brothers next year.
Che Alan Sonny Kingi The whole outfit needs more ozzies! Needs people around the organisation that no what it takes to win a premiership!! Not this bs whanau vibe. Your payed to bloody win and payed well. The get wrapped in cotton wool at that club. Losing is poison and it's apart of that culture there unfortunately. The whole place needs a clear out
Andy Browne Great. A couple more bros on inflated salaries. Just what the Warriors need.
Danny Sene it stated "Two big signings for the Warriors" ive read the article and found the Club has Signed a Retiring Player and an Off & On again player......still searching for the Two big signings that was mentioned in the Headline??!!
Don Conway You can sign who you want, but until you BUY/STEAL a Coach who knows what he is doing, it's a waste of time. Sack ALL Warriors coaches, because NONE of them are any good. Just because they WERE good players, does NOT make them good coaches. ONCE
Greg Ngamotu Being optimistic I hope Blair can help increase the mental toughness and fitness of the Warriors
Stgeorge Afeaki Mean buys, as long as they stay healthy
Hayden Foote Beale is a good signing
Kieran Dawkins I have no words, these 'big' signings are the worst in the clubs history. What a disgrace of an outfit
Ricky Naysmith Next year is our year
Danza Wallace Sign however u want.. it won't fix the club
Paul Roebeck Are we putting a master's team in