Warriors recruit Gerard Beale will make his long-awaited return from injury via reserve grade this weekend.
The former Broncos, Dragons and Sharks centre was one of several key signings for the Warriors during the off-season.
However, he has been forced to watch his new club’s impressive start to the season from the sidelines after breaking his leg while playing for the Kiwis against Samoa during last year’s World Cup opener at Mt Smart.
More than six months later he will line up on the same ground to play his first match in Warriors colours, starting in the No 4 jersey in the Intrust Super Premiership match against Western Suburbs.
Fellow outside back Blake Ayshford is also making his comeback from a back complaint. But with Beale partnering Anthony Gelling in the centres, Ayshford, a veteran of 167 NRL appearances, has been included on the bench.
This week marks the first time all the club’s centres have been fit this season and goes to show the depth they have in the position, with Peta Hiku and Solomone Kata again named to start for the NRL team against the Roosters.
Also named this week is Sam Cook, listed at hooker after being with the first-grade squad last week.
The Warriors ISP side had their three-match winning streak halted last week when they fell 30-26 to the competition-leading Mounties.
The result left them with a 5-4 record, sitting in sixth place on 10 points. The Western Suburbs Magpies are also on 10 points but are fourth on points for and against
They are coming off heavy losses to St George Illawarra (12-42) and Wentworthville (6-26) and have won just one of their last four matches since swamping the Warriors 32-0 in round five.