Konrads stirring a lot of debate across the threads. Not just here , right across the NRL Fans and getting excited about the possibility that Konrad might end up on the open market. Konrad has issues (he has said as much himself). Konrad also plays for a club where there has been extensive questioning of the Culture , the professional standards of the Organisation (further polarizes debate) and has fans scrambling for answers. Konrad typifies young Warrior talent in that when you talk about potential, these guys have as much raw ability as any other up and coming star in the NRL. Hurrell is falling short....unable to consistently make first grade (because of Mental issues) which translate to a poor training ethic (two seasons in a row) which has to reflect poorly on the club. Who's to blame?....would Konrad be better managed by another organisation ? Is it Konrad where the fault lies ? When you look at the Work that the trainers achieved with hardening up some of our talent in the last year ( including the fix they did of Konrad last season ) the training staff are arguably among the best the Warriors have ever had. Look at the trainers achievements with individuals on defence : Konrad Hurrell 2013 : identified by the opposition teams as a player that van be defensively targeted and exploited. By mid season the trainers had him make 18 tackles versus the Roosters including tackles on SBW and Jennings. Konrad finishes the year in tremendous shape and ready for the biggest season of his Career. Pita Godinet : Couldn't get a start as a half, too small at hooker, our training staff made him into an effective tackler and much hardier player ( this year he is a respected defender in the ESL ). Shaun Johnson 2013: Improved tackle stats.....from that turning point, he has become an outstanding defender this season, and shows the mental toughness to start charging straight the line. Glen Fisiahi : shakey tackler with a reputation for being Shy about tackling which rated among our worst. 2013 the training staff had Glen honed to adapt to the Wing position.....where many thought he would never be able to convert. Glen is now a genuine NRL Winger beautiful finisher tidy tackler that the Rabbitohs want to pinch from us. The Entire Warriors Forward pack, arrive in NRL condition , although they get out played in the early rounds , favorite targets (Rapira and Lillyman) for slagging earn nothing but respect in those Losses.....tellingly they bring back Sione Louis from injury and build him into the NRL nicely....while in contrast John Palavi who doesn't have the Motor gets dropped for Seb Ikahihifo. Ben Henry they bring straight back in and their Judgement / assessment of his fitness is bang on.....by his second game he is a dominant presence ( especially in lateral scrambling type defence for the Warriors). Most damming of all......Ngani Laumape digs himself as big a hole as his mate Hurrell , and when the blow torch of first grade is applied , you can see Laumape hurting after putting in the big runs but he's staying present mentally in games. The thing that worries me about Konrad is that by this time last year he was rebuilding and coming right.....(ok so hopefully the good stuff is just around the corner) and he needs a couple more games. But when you stack up the work other players are doing , ( tackling up like Johnson is purely mental drive ) and the way the Warriors are having lots of successes with new players like Fusitua and Kata.....there will have to be a cut off point with Konrad. At some point carrying an unfit player affects the culture of a team, it's called a bad influence. If I was naming a NZ team tomorrow , I would select Steve Matai if available ahead of Konrad Hurrell every day of the week. Steve is not a player I like ( don't like his personality ) never have liked Steve.....but where he has it all over Konrad is he comes battle ready , is smarter to structured outside back play than any center we've had since Tate. If Matai runs with a Winger Like Vatuveir or Fisiahi in the same team as a Fullback like Sam Tomkins......barging runs drawing three tacklers becomes unnecessary because of Matai's experience with using the ball to beat his opposite. I recon the Warriors are desperate to get it right with Hurrell and in the immediate term the only swap they are thinking is Matai for Nieslon. But if these rumors about Hurrell not getting picked are being fed by his agent.....and the club are forced into a position of ' Pick our player ' or no player.......that they ....the Warriors......should do the right thing by the other 24 players.... The Warriors have proved they can replace Konrad Hurrells running and drawing power with a wide running Ben Matulino....the hard running Seb Ikahahifo.....a developed Sione Lousi.......(eventually Lisone is going to make a name for himself according to many experts on here ). With that kind of Giant Second row, these Warriors won't need a back who runs like a Prop...they already have the best one in the game in Manu. McFadden may just chose to make his team one where Forwards like Ben make the telling meters and put the opposition under pressure while class backs like Matai and Tomkins set loose the hard working kids coming through on the NRL. Best outcome Warriors tell whoever is making these rumors get screwed at whatever cost....and Konrad ups his game.