Luke, RTS won't guarantee success: Ropati
They are two of the biggest coups ahead of season 2016 but class signings Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke guarantee nothing for the Warriors, according to club legend Jerome Ropati.
The now retired 31-year-old knows better than most not to get his hopes up having seen internationals Steve Price, Sam Tomkins, Ruben Wiki, Shaun Berrigan and Krisnan Inu come and go at the Warriors during his career, with the club experiencing limited success.
While Tuivasa-Sheck and Luke have been part of premiership-winning squads in recent seasons, Ropati – who is still employed as an ambassador by the club – says Warriors fans may still need to be patient with the team in the short term.
"We have had so many wonderful players come over the years like Steve Price and Ruben Wiki to name a few. But that's never really changed anything in terms of winning a premiership," Ropati told NRL.com.
"It's certainly helped us get on the right path towards making it happen but we haven't achieved anything as a club.
"Our goal is to win a premiership but in order to do that we have to take small steps such as making the top eight on a regular basis. If we can do that then we can start aiming for the top four and a premiership."
Ropati – who was forced into retirement by injury two seasons ago – is nonetheless excited by the new-look Warriors squad, but stressed combinations within the team would be the key to success.
"We are going to be, in terms of player-for-player, a squad full of prominent players in terms of international and Origin stars. So to have Roger and Issac is a big addition to what we do, and it's going to be an interesting season," Ropati said.
"It's still going to be a time for the Warriors to build on the players we have. Combinations are a real hard thing to come by, so it doesn't matter what type of personnel you have – combinations are key for us being victorious.
"We're fortunate to have a good squad and we're fortunate to have retained Cappy McFadden who's an excellent coach."