8 Mar 2016

Warriors dismiss 'bro' culture claims

6:04 pm on 8 March 2016

Warriors new recruit Blake Ayshford has rubbished claims that the team has a "bro" culture.

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Following their 34-26 loss to the Wests Tigers in round one of the NRL, former Kiwis and Queensland State of Origin coach Graham Lowe criticised the team's attitude, labelling it too relaxed.

However Ayshford, who spent five seasons with the Wests Tigers and one with the Cronulla Sharks last year, said his first impression of the club couldn't be further from Lowe's comments.

"I can't speak highly enough of how this club's treated me and my family so far and how tight-knit the boys are here.

"If they think it's that bro culture that they're talking about, they should come sit in on that Sunday morning (video session) and see how light we get it, if that's what they think," Ayshford said.

Meanwhile, the Warriors coach Andrew McFadden refused to get into a war of words with Lowe but gave a short response to his comments.

"He's got ideas on the way things should be done and I've got some other ideas.

"He's obviously very keen to get back into the game and we'll just leave it at that."