Warriors to blood ‘best halfback since Stacey Jones’

The carnage at the Warriors will give Kiwi fans a glimpse into the future in Sunday’s clash with last-placed Canterbury.

The Warriors lost three more players to injury in a brutal mid-week training session, with halves Chanel Harris-Tavita and Adam Keighran clashing heads badly and in-form winger/centre Patrick Herbert tearing a hamstring.

Wide World of Sports has learned that Harris-Tavita and Keighran are both out – with interim coach Todd Payten set to blood boom youngster Paul Turner as a result.

Warriors coach Todd Payten (AAP)

Turner, a Junior Kiwi representative, is regarded as potentially the best halfback produced by the Warriors since the great Stacey Jones.

The 20-year-old wasn’t expected to play in the NRL this season but the injury crisis – which has seen Payten use over 30 players – has forced the coach’s hand.

The talented number seven is mature beyond his years and many consider him the long term partner to Harris-Tavita or Nikorima in the halves.

Incoming Warriors coach Nathan Brown is certain to keep a close watch on the rookie’s performance with a view to next season.

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