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Warriors land comeback Kiwis utility Te Maire Martin for 2023

A Kiwis five-eighth with a feel good comeback story has signed a three-year contract with the Warriors.

Te Maire Martin beats Kiwis teammate Kenny Bromwich to score for North Queensland in the NRL grand final.
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The NRL side have confirmed Te Maire Martin will join the club from the start of the 2023 season.

Playing this season for the Brisbane Broncos, the 26-year-old with four test appearances was forced out of the sport in 2019 after suffering a brain bleed.

While it appeared it may mean the end of his career, after 18 months Martin returned to club rugby league in the Waikato competition.

He made his NRL return in round seven this season, more than 1000 days since his last match in the competition.

Martin’s signing added depth to the Warriors halves for next season, with promising youngsters Ronald Volkman and Luke Metclaf already locked in.

“Te Maire’s comeback to the game has been outstanding and we’re delighted we’ve been able to bring him home to New Zealand to join the Vodafone Warriors,” said Warriors chief executive Cameron George.

“He’s another quality player who will further boost our roster for 2023. With his ability to play at fullback and in the halves he’s going to be a real asset for us.”

Martin, who became the club’s eighth signing for next season, began his NRL career with Penrith in 2016.

He moved to North Queensland midway through 2017, finishing the season by playing in the grand final against Melbourne.

The Cowboys’ round seven match against the Bulldogs in April, 2019 was his last before being forced to step away from the game.

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