Warriors chasing English prospect - reports

DAVID LONG
Last updated 14:46 20/06/2013

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The New Zealand Warriors want to sign Englishman Jordan Baldwinson, even though he has only played one Super League game, British newspapers The Sun and Yorkshire Evening Post report.

Baldwinson, 19, is the captain of the English academy side and is regarded as one of the highest rated prospects in the English game.

He made his debut from the bench in Leeds' 32-28 win over Widnes last weekend.

The Sun reported that Baldwinson's talent was spotted by Warriors general manager of football operations, Dean Bell, on his recent trip to Britain.

Baldwinson, who plays prop or in the second row has been compared to a young Adrian Morley.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that the Warriors are interested in other young Leeds players as well.

Last week Sunday News reported that the Warriors have signed a young prop from Auckland for next season, with speculation it is Glenn Riley from Warrington.

Negotiations to bring Sam Tomkins to Auckland are continuing.

It is believed an agreement has been reached between the Warriors and Tomkins, but there are still issues about how Wigan will be compensated for him leaving them while he still has two more years left on his contract.

Meanwhile, the Dragons have signed pivot Harry Siejka for the rest of the 2013 season as a potential replacement for Jamie Soward, who was released by the NRL club this week.

Siejka, who recently left the Warriors after an unhappy time in Auckland where he failed to crack the NRL, will begin training immediately with NSW Cup side the Illawarra Cutters and is contracted until the end of October.

The 21-year-old made his NRL debut in 2011 in the halves for Penrith, playing four first-grade matches.

"I'm really excited by the opportunity to play for the Dragons as they're a club with a rich and proud history," Siejka said in a statement.

"I'm very thankful to be a part of the club and look forward to getting stuck into training alongside my new team-mates."

The signing comes just three days after Soward was granted an immediate release by the Dragons to join English Super League strugglers the London Broncos.

He will join Penrith next year on a four-year deal.

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