Erin Clark of the Warriors is tackled during an NRL trial match against the Titans in Whangarei in 2016.
Erin Clark of the Warriors is tackled during an NRL trial match against the Titans in Whangarei in 2016. Phil Walter

Young Kiwis Clark and Cherrington on the move

THE NRL's musical contracts continue with promising Kiwi prospects Erin Clark and Manaia Cherrington landing at the Raiders and Warriors respectively, effective immediately.

Once groomed as Robbie Farah's Wests Tigers successor before a short stint at Cronulla, New Zealand-born hooker Cherrington is returning home to link with the Warriors until the end of 2018 on a second-tier deal.

Cherrington toured England with the Kiwis national squad in 2015 after an impressive debut season at Concord, before moving to the Shire due to a lack of opportunities under ex-coach Jason Taylor.

With young gun Jayden Brailey and the injured James Segeyaro blocking his progression at the Sharks, 22-year-old Cherrington now joins the Warriors as back-up rake to Issac Luke.

He is set to debut for the club's reserve-grade outfit this weekend after Clark was granted a release to take up a three-year deal with Canberra.

Clark, the son of Silver Ferns netball great Temepara Bailey, made his Warriors debut earlier this year against Melbourne having already played two Tests for Samoa in 2016.

The 19-year-old is highly regarded as either a half or hooker but with the likes of Luke, Shaun Johnson and Ata Hingano blocking his first-grade pathway at the Warriors, Clark will join the Raiders until the end of 2020.

Clark's exit continues significant upheaval among Stephen Kearney's playmaking stocks.

With star recruit Kieran Foran off to Canterbury next season, the club is among a host of rivals watching James Maloney's contract stoush at Cronulla with interest.

The club is also believed to be close to tying down Hingano on a long-term deal as a result of Foran's departure, while Tuimoala Lolohea was recently released to the Wests Tigers.

Making the opposite journey to Clark is backline utility Zac Santo, who arrived from Canberra on a two-year deal a fortnight ago.

"Erin's management sought a release on personal grounds," Warriors recruitment boss Tony Iro said.

"It's disappointing for Erin but he has our support and best wishes for the future.

"Fortunately, we were able to secure Manaia as a replacement. He has come through the system with Wests Tigers as well as being involved with both the Junior Kiwis and the Kiwis."

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