Warriors set to pounce on Raiders youngster

THE Warriors are close to signing Canberra back-rower Jack Murchie following the serious knee injury suffered by Bunty Afoa last week.

Afoa tore his ACL at training and will miss most of the season - and the Warriors believe his absence leaves them light on forwards.

Canberra rate the 22-year-old Murchie, a product of Bateman's Bay on the NSW south coast, but are likely to release him nonetheless.

Jack Murchie

"He is a good kid but we have a lot of experienced forwards aherad of him," a Raiders source said.

"The way is blocked for him here. If the Warriors give him a long-term deal, we will probably let him take it."

The Warriors have also stopped shopping prop Sam Lisone around as they strive to make up for Afoa's extended absence.

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