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Addin Fonua-Blake resigned from NZ Warriors, news, latest, what did he do?

Warriors star Addin Fonua-Blake has been fired by the club following a “violation of club standards,” the team announced Thursday.

According to the Warriors, the prop gun left the dressing room following the team’s Magic Round victory over Penrith in Brisbane, missing the team song and coach Andrew Webster’s post-game speech.

The 2023 Dally M Prop of the Year will now sit out the team’s clash against the Dolphins on Sunday.

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It comes after a long saga last year over the veteran’s future, with the 28-year-old pushing for the Warriors to release him to return to Sydney on compassionate grounds.

In December, the Warriors agreed to release him from the final two years of his contract at the end of the current season, and Fonua-Blake secured a four-year deal with the Sharks starting in 2025 worth a reported $4 million.

Fonua-Blake subsequently claimed reports he was looking to leave the Warriors midway through the current campaign were misplaced, but the latest incident raises questions over his commitment to the New Zealand team.

He told Foxsports.com.au in February that his goal for the season was: “Playing the best football I can and leaving no stone unturned here would be a good thing for me.

“When I leave I just want everyone to say the same thing about me: that I left nothing on the field and did everything I could for the club.

“I want to leave on good terms, I don’t want to leave here and have people think I’m holding something back for a new club. “I’m just going to go out and leave it all in the training paddock and then back on the field.”

The 118kg beast, one of the highest-paid players in the game at $1 million per season for the Warriors, has played every game this season so far, scoring five tries and boasting the fourth-highest total rushing meters of any player (average of 157 m per season). game).

In a statement, the club said: “A New Zealand Warriors prop, Addin Fonua-Blake, has been removed from Sunday’s Indigenous Round match against the Dolphins on Sunday due to a breach of club standards.

“Head coach Andrew Webster said Fonua-Blake had left the dressing room after the 22-20 win over Penrith and was not present for the post-match team speech or team song.

“‘This does not meet our standards and Addin accepts full responsibility for his behavior,’ he said.”

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