Foran's Bulldogs deal one step closer

With Reynolds' NRL future uncertain after the Bulldogs were linked with Foran, a deal worth a reported $3.2 million was too much to resist for the fiery No.6.

The Dogs had in the past few weeks been deep in negotiations with the former NSW playmaker but admitted they were unable to match the money on offer from the Tigers, who have entered the market aggressively after the loss of Mitchell Moses, Aaron Woods and James Tedesco.

The NRL's player musical chairs is now in full swing with Foran expected to soon join Woods at the Dogs under respected coach Des Hasler.

Foran key target for Storm

The Warriors No.6 played his first game for his new NRL club in round five and Bellamy said he had improved their attack.

In his three games this month the New Zealand-based side have won two and lost one, falling to the highly-rated Raiders in Canberra last round.

"Foran makes a lot of difference," Bellamy said ahead of the Tuesday night match at AAMI Park.

"He's a really experienced player and he's a real competitor and he really straightens up their attack a lot.

Warriors not giving up on Foran

Reports in Australia say Foran will move back to Australia next year and is set to sign a three year deal with the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Foran was signed by the Warriors for this season after leaving Parramatta due to personal issues.

But Warriors chief executive Jim Doyle said his Bulldogs counterpart Raelene Castle texted him late on to deny reports the club had reached an agreement with Foran.

Matulino named on Warriors bench

The senior prop has missed the early stages of the season following knee surgery.

The Warriors head to Melbourne with a three win and four loss record after the seventh round 20-8 loss to the Raiders at the weekend.

Warriors coach Stephen Kearny says Matulino has been making good progress since returning to full training and should be ready to play soon.

Matulino's inclusion on the bench is the only change from the 21-man squad initially named for last Saturday's clash against Canberra.

Warriors prop opens up on attempts to take own life, mental health battles

The 28-year old has worked his way back into Stephen Kearney's side, having missed selection for the first two rounds of the 2017 NRL competition.

However, Gavet is now a regular for the Warriors, but hasn't forgotten about the bad times as he enjoys the good.

"Those memories will never, ever, leave me or any of the people that were there," Gavet told 1 NEWS.

His battle with alcohol and depression saw him provided with professional help by his club, with the blockbusting prop coming through the other side.

Warriors stick with winning side

The side nabbed their second NRL win in a row at the weekend beating Parramatta 22-10 in Auckland - the win lifted the Warriors to 3-3 for the season

Coach Stephen Kearney said this week's match up will mark Blake Ayshford's 150th career appearance.

"When you look at the rest of our outside backs he's not the same sort of athlete. Ken Maumalo and David Fusitu'a are big men, Sol Kata is really powerful and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has so much speed. Aysh is a lot different but he's reliable and does a tremendous job for us.

"It's great to see him getting to this mark."

Foran still no certainty for Warriors debut

The Warriors desperately need Foran having lost three of their first four games of the season.

He was due to play last round against St George but was a late withdrawal after suffering a hamstring injury warming up.

Despite having a history of hamstring and back issues Foran said he hasn't had any problems for a year or so.

"It was really bizarre how it happened," he said.

Warriors hand Bulldogs first win of season

The win ended a six game losing streak for the under fire Bulldogs coach Des Hasler.

A resilient defensive effort combined with attacking potency was the key to Canterbury's win.

The win was also the Bulldogs' sixth in seven games against the Warriors.

The Warriors had most of the possession in the first 20 minutes and dominated at times but couldn't create the attacking cut-through to claim the two points.

Manu's back

Meanwhile former captain Simon Mannering will make his 261st career appearance to draw level with the great Stacey Jones - and current assistant coach - for the most games for the club.

And Vatuvei, the club's try-scoring record holder, will make his first NRL appearance of the season - and the 226th of his career - after turning out in the second team in the first two rounds this year.

'Pressure cooker' debut leaves Warriors rookie Isaiah Papalii hungry for more

But that has only left the 18-year-old forward hungry for more.

Called into action in the 48th-minute for injured back-rower Simon Mannering, Papalii suffered an early setback when he and Bodene Thompson were unable to stop a barnstorming Jack Stockwell close to the try-line, which kick-started the Knights' ultimately unsuccessful comeback.