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Powerhouse Kiwis captain James Fisher-Harris signs four-year deal with Warriors

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Penrith Panthers’ formidable prop and Kiwi captain, James Fisher-Harris, has inked a four-year contract with the One New Zealand Warriors starting next season.

The 28-year-old Northlander secured an agreement with Penrith to be released from the final two years of his contract due to compassionate reasons, allowing him to relocate closer to his family in New Zealand.

Fisher-Harris boasts an impressive NRL career, with 183 games under his belt and pivotal roles in Penrith’s three consecutive premiership victories from 2021 to 2023, as well as the 2020 grand final. His leadership extends to the international stage, where he led the Kiwis to a historic 30-0 victory over the Kangaroos in the Pacific Championships final, earning him accolades such as the Golden Boot player of the year and the New Zealand Rugby League’s player of the year.

CEO of One New Zealand Warriors Cameron George was elated at securing Fisher-Harris, describing it on the club’s website as one of its ‘most significant signings’.

Head coach Andrew Webster, who previously collaborated with Fisher-Harris during their time at Penrith, anticipates the prop will make invaluable contributions to the Warriors, on account of his toughness, high standards, and mentorship potential for the club’s emerging talents.

Warriors’ general manager of recruitment, pathways, and development Andrew McFadden praised Fisher-Harris’s stature in the game, highlighting his leadership both on and off the field. With his roots in Kohukohu, Fisher-Harris’s return to New Zealand marks a significant milestone in his career, aligning with his commitment to family and his continued impact in rugby league.

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