Why Warriors debutant is “worth investing in”

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Rugby league commentator and SEN host Andrew Voss liked what he saw from Warriors debutant Daejarn Asi in the win against the Raiders on Saturday.

Asi, 21, crossed over to the Warriors earlier in the week from the North Queensland Cowboys, with the playmaker making an immediate impact in his first game as he racked up two try assists from the starting five-eighth role.

After just 10 games for the Cowboys across three seasons, Voss believes the Kiwi is “worth investing in” for the Warriors.

“It was a lovely photo that went around last week of him as a young boy supporting the Warriors with his flag,” Voss said on SENZ Mornings.

“He’s shown touches, he’s worth investing in.

“There were a few roadblocks there with the Cowboys … he probably felt pretty mixed in the off-season as they signed Tom Dearden, signed Chad Townsend and had Scott Drinkwater.

“They were ripe for fullbacks, he probably thought about where he was going to fit in … it’s all about the journey of becoming a first-grade player.

“He is worth investing in, I’m not saying he’s a champion or anything like that, but I’d be putting some time into him.”

With Asi offering quality depth at both fullback and five-eighth, he could slot into one of those positions long-term should Reece Walsh depart the club.

As Walsh has been linked to moves to both the Dolphins and Broncos in 2023, Voss was asked whether he saw the young star staying or going.

“The more the Dolphins miss out on other star players, the more likely Reece Walsh going there is a real possibility,” Voss replied.

“I know there’s a feeling among many from the Warriors that he wants to stay in Australia, it’s just the way things worked out over the last couple of years that he’s in Australia anyway.

“The Dolphins would be the team most likely, and over the weekend we heard the Broncos had entered the market for Cam Munster, so that’ll effect Reece Walsh for sure.

“If the Dolphins miss out on Munster … Reece Walsh may become the number one priority for the Dolphins.

“It’d be hard for the Warriors to keep him.”

Asi and the Warriors will hope to go 5-4 when they face the Sharks at PointsBet Stadium on Sunday evening.