20 Jan 2009

Fien preparing to topple Jones

6:25 am on 20 January 2009

The World Cup-winning halfback Nathan Fien has all but given up on being granted a release from the Warriors, but remains confident he can bump Stacey Jones from the No.7 jersey.

Fien met Warriors officials yesterday hoping to get permission to link with the Super League club Huddersfield.

He'd been sounded out as the replacement for Todd Carney after the sacked Canberra player was refused a UK visa.

Carney's manager Jim Banaghan says the Warriors didn't anticipate Fien's late season surge in form before committing themselves to Jones's comeback,

A formal announcement from the Warriors is expected this week and chief executive Wayne Scurrah

says there's no conflict on their roster.

He says nothing would have been happening if Carney had got a work visa.