February 23, 2019

Lance Hohaia leaving Warriors for St Helens

Huntly's finest - Thanks for the 50 tries Lance, much appreciated.

New Zealand Warrior Lance Hohaia today announced he is leaving the NRL rugby league club at the end of the season after signing a four-year contract with English Super League club St Helens.

Hokaia, 28, has been a stalwart for the Warriors and is currently playing in his 10th NRL season for the club, with 167 first grade appearances under his belt.

He said “It’ll be sad when I do leave because this club has been such a big part of my life. I couldn’t play for any other club in the NRL,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity to go to St Helens and I’m really excited about it but, for now, all I want to do is give as much as I can to the Warriors for the rest of this season.”

Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said the club was reluctant to see Hohaia leave.

“We had an option for next year but it was too early for us to make a decision on it,” he said.

“Lance asked whether he would be able to have a look around for opportunities in the meantime and the St Helens offer came up soon after.

“He’s in his testimonial year with us and in view of the fantastic contribution he has made to the Vodafone Warriors we have allowed him to pursue his plans. It’s a brilliant contract for him and I know everyone at the club, our members and all fans will wish him all the best.”

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary said while Hohaia would be leaving at the end of the season, he would continue to have a critical role in the team.

“Lance has made a great contribution to this club and has been a big part of it,” he said.

Newswarped wishes Lance all the best. Thanks for your positive attitude, consistantly outstanding play and loyalty. NZ Warrior fans will enjoy watching you carving them up in the UK Super League for a few more season yet.