2022-04-21 07:52:00

The Warriors have revealed they would be happy to come to the aid of the Bulldogs after a number of injuries and positive Covid cases rocked the Canterbury camp.

The quartet of Jake Averillo, Ava Seumanufagai, Reece Hoffman and Brent Naden all tested positive ahead of Dogs clash against the Broncos on Friday night, while first team regulars Braidon Burns, Chris Patolo, Jack Hetherington and Raymond Faitala-Mariner are sidelined.

Arrangements have been made for the Bulldogs NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg fixtures. but the club isn’t out of the woods yet as there is concerns more positive cases could be detected upon arrival in Brisbane.

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Club boss Phil Gould confirmed 19 players tested negative on Thursday and they will be able to field a team, but that didn’t stop him from reaching out to both the Gold Coast Titans and New Zealand Warriors about the possibility of loaning players.

Both teams are based within driving distance of Suncorp stadium, and Warriors chief executive Cameron George revealed he would be willing to assist their rivals if need be, according to Stuff.co.nz.

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“Gus and I were communicating yesterday and I said we’d help if need be,” George said.

“I don’t know what that looks like, but if you’re struggling we’d help.

“We would want to help Gus first and foremost and secondly it wasn’t that long ago that we were in that situation.

“As a club, we feel we owe them the opportunity to discuss that with Canterbury if they’re struggling.

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“I don’t know whether we’d have any players that would suit them, due to our situation as well, but I have reached out to Phil and we had a chat about it and he appreciated the offer.”

The Warriors have been beneficiaries of the loan system in seasons past, having Jack Hetherington, George Jennings and Poasa Faamausili in their ranks at various times.

Gun centre Jesse Arthars, who has been in fine form for the New Zealand side, is also currently on a one-season loan deal.

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