‘We’ve put it all behind us’

By Greg Prichard
January 7, 2017

WARRIORS star Simon Mannering says the players dissected last season’s failings enough and that to keep discussing them would be “like picking a scab”.

Mannering says the Warriors have moved on in an attempt to make this season the one in which they return to finals football after five years on the outer.

Asked about last season’s 10th-placed finish, Mannering says: “We addressed all that with our reviews of the season and there’s no point in dragging it out any longer into this campaign.

“There are new faces here now and everyone who was involved knew what happened (last season), so we’ve addressed all that and put it all behind us.

“It’s been disappointing for the last four or five years, so for us and this group it’s about putting that behind us and moving forward.”

In the years since they made the grand final in 2011, when they lost to Manly, the Warriors have finished 14th, 11th, ninth, 13th and 10th.

Back-rower Mannering says he has made a good recovery following a knee operation that made him unavailable for the New Zealand squad that played in the end-of-season Four Nations tournament.