Nikorima wants to stay in Brisbane
Brisbane Broncos utility Kodi Nikorima says he would love to stay at the club he has played at his whole life, despite speculation he will leave for the Melbourne Storm at season's end.
Nikorima is off-contract at the end of the year and it is believed the Storm are frontrunners to secure his services.
But Nikorima insists that Brisbane is his home, with the 22-year-old having arrived in the River City 10 years ago when his family moved from New Zealand.
The Aspley Devils product says his focus is on producing his best form for the remainder of the 2016 season.
"I'll have a good discussion with my manager and weigh up my options, but for now I just want to play good footy," Nikorima said.
"I'm at the Broncos and I'd love to stay here long-term because I've been here since I was 12. This club means a lot to me.
"I haven't spoken to my manager for a couple of weeks now. He's just told me to leave it to him and for me to focus on my footy."
Nikorima's younger brother Jayden left the Broncos at the end of the 2015 season and has since struggled at the Sydney Roosters, with the 19-year-old now playing reserve grade after being dropped from first grade.
It's something Kodi will need to consider as he prepares for the biggest decision of his career.
But for now all eyes are on the Warriors, with Brisbane needing to secure a win on Saturday to avoid losing their fourth match in five appearances.
Nikorima will have to lift for the Broncos, with regular starting hooker Andrew McCullough facing up to two months on the sideline with a broken thumb.
It's McCullough's second stint on the sidelines this year, with the 26-year-old missing two matches earlier in the season because of a knee complaint.
"'Macca' has been out already this season when he had the two-week break. I got more time on the field then so I expect the same," he said.
"There will be pressure on Travis [Waddell] and I this week. 'Macca' being out leaves a big dint in our side so I'll need to step up.
"I'll play wherever Wayne needs me. If I get a start then that's great but if not I'll just keep doing the same role."