A Warriors NRL homecoming is still planned for June, with club boss Cameron George not keen to accelerate a return despite Tuesday’s announcement of a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand.
The Auckland outfit is based in Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast and recently decided to extend that stay until at least June 21 to provide stability across the first 15 rounds of the competition.
On Tuesday, the New Zealand Government announced a quarantine-free, trans-Tasman travel will be allowed from April 19, meaning the Warriors could fly in and out of the country if they choose.
But George said any push to return earlier than first planned would be foolish and that a June 21 relocation, coinciding with a competition break for the second State of Origin game remained the best option.
“Our desire hasn’t changed. We want to be back home as soon as it’s feasible so we can have our team playing in front of our families, members, fans and our supportive sponsors,” he said.
“When it’s safe to do so, we look forward to sharing the biggest homecoming party with everyone at Mount Smart Stadium but we need to be absolutely sure we will be able to travel to and from Australia with confidence to ensure our place in the competition isn’t jeopardised.
“As we have done throughout we will keep monitoring the situation and will seek the best possible advice.”