23 Mar 2016

Hurrell gets the call up

5:44 am on 23 March 2016

Konrad Hurrell will play his first match for the Warriors in this season's National Rugby League competition against the Newcastle Knights.

The Warriors' centre Konrad Hurrell.

The Warriors' centre Konrad Hurrell. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Hurrell, who will start on the bench for Monday's match, spent the first three weeks playing for the Warriors' reserve grade team.

Joining Hurrell on the bench after returning from a minor shoulder injury is Sam Lisone.

Lisone will make his 22nd career appearance while Hurrell is set to play his first NRL match this year and the 69th of his career.

With veterans Manu Vatuvei and Issac Luke still on the injured list, Jonathan Wright is again on the left wing and Jazz Tevaga starts at hooker, the latter backing up after his impressive debut in the 14-21 loss to Melbourne on Sunday.

Hurrell, named on an extended bench last week, comes onto the interchange for the injured Nathaniel Roache (ankle) after appearing for the club's Intrust Super Premiership side in the first three weeks of the season.

"Sam was very good for us off the bench in the first two rounds only to miss last week's match with injury," said Vodafone Warriors assistant coach Justin Morgan.

"Konrad has been playing for our second team working on making some improvements in his game and now earns his chance.

"With Manu out, Jono slotted straight back in for us last week while Jazz did a terrific job coming in for Issac. It was a massive effort from him playing 60 minutes on debut."

The Warriors have lost their first three matches this year while the Knights have recorded two losses and a draw.