Warrior fans will today be asking why their $300,000 star signing is this weekend making his regular season debut for the club at Leichhardt Oval in the NSW Cup.The Warriors were also struggling to explain why smiling assassin Krisnan Inu – one of the highest-profile club hoppers in the off-season – was yesterday demoted to play for the Auckland Vulcans against Wentworthville on Saturday. It came as Warriors coach Ivan Cleary alluded to an incident behind closed doors that is understood to have had a negative bearing on the 23-year-old New Zealand international’s chances of winning a spot in the Warriors’ top 17. “He knows what he did and that will stay between us,” Cleary said yesterday. The Warriors mentor refused to comment on the club’s team selection process, but did defend his decision to promote rising star Glen Fisiiahi at Inu and Kevin Locke’s expense. Twenty-year-old NRL debutant Fisiiahi was named to play outside Joel Moon on the wing after out-performing Inu and Locke in the club’s pre-season trials. “Glen Fisiiahi is in the team because he deserves to be,” Cleary said. “There was certainly plenty of competition for the right wing, as there was for positions right across the park. But Glen deserves his chance for this game.” Inu’s manager Isaac Moses said his star client was disappointed to have been left out of the Warriors’ starting side, but said Inu remained upbeat about his chances of returning to the top grade. Moses also denied there was any rift between Inu and Cleary. “I had lunch with him on Saturday and he said he loves it over there,” he said. “He knows there’s things he needs to work on but he’s enjoying New Zealand, enjoying working with Ivan. He’s working hard to get into the team.” Joining Fisiiahi in their first appearances for their new club are experienced new signings Feleti Mateo and Shaun Berrigan, with Mateo named in the second row against his former teammates, while ex-Brisbane utility Berrigan has been picked on the interchange bench.

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