Warriors mix things up for 2015's NRL season
THE Warriors have already made a swag of changes on the field for the 2015 NRL season, with Feleti Mateo, Dane Nielsen and Jayson Bukuya gone, and Ryan Hoffman, Bodene Thompson and Matt Allwood among the new acquisitions.
But it could be one off-field change that finally brings the long-awaited premiership fans have dreamed of for the past two decades.
New chief executive Jim Doyle has brought genuine hope and expectation to the club, and said it was time to aim for the summit.
"The club's 20 years old next year so it gives us an opportunity to say that, hopefully, it's a new beginning," Doyle (pictured) said.
"They should be finals contenders every time and then pushing to get into the top four on a very regular basis, and hopefully getting all the way through to the finals and then winning the premiership. They should really be one of those teams."
The former NZRL chief executive returns to Auckland having spent the last two years working as the NRL's chief operating officer, where he established the league's integrity unit and oversaw complex issues, including anti-doping, player behaviour, and a salary cap review.
He said the experience gave him a valuable insight into what some NRL clubs did right, and others did wrong. And he identified player development and recruitment as crucial areas for success.
"What we've got to do is be much more proactive and much more targeted (in recruitment)," he said. "I'm working with the coaching staff at the moment and saying, 'what does our team look like next year? What does our team look like in 2016, 2017? What players have we got coming through into which positions?
"If we haven't got strength and talent coming through in certain positions, then we have to look at recruitment."