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Warriors' woes fail to shake Lowrie's enthusiasm for a fresh challenge

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Ben Stanley

THE Warriors' recent troubles have not shaken their newest signing, Todd Lowrie, who maintains he is still looking forward to moving to a club with ''a lot of potential''.

The Storm forward recently signed a two-year deal with the Warriors and will enter the mix for a spot in the back row with Simon Mannering, Feleti Mateo, Ben Henry and Elijah Taylor next season.

While the Warriors have dropped five on the trot and head into today's clash with the Panthers with speculation mounting about the future of coach Brian McClennan, Lowrie has no regrets about putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with the club.

''I don't know what's happened there this year - it's not for me to really talk about - but I think they've been unlucky with a few long-term injuries to some pretty key blokes,'' he said. ''I think that never helps - that makes things hard. I certainly think there is a lot of potential there.''

The 29-year-old made his debut for the Knights in 2003, and has since played a total of 158 NRL games for his first club, then the Eels and the Storm.

His first-grade experience will be a huge benefit to the Warriors, who are set to lose veteran lock Micheal Luck, who will retire at the end of this season.

Lowrie, whose father, Bert, is the manager of the NSW Origin team, said he was looking forward to working with the club's young talent.

''They're obviously losing Micheal Luck, who is going to be a big loss to the side, so they put it to me to come over,'' he said. ''They've got a very good young side. They're probably lacking a few older guys, and a few guys with a bit of experience, which I think I can bring.

''They've got a very good young team, which is one of the main things that's attracting me - the quality of their younger kids coming through, and their not-so-younger kids who have come through.

''While they haven't got the results this year, coming to a club who I think is capable of a bit of success was definitely a drawcard, that's for sure.''

Lowrie joins centre Dane Nielsen as one of two Storm players moving to the Warriors next season. Having a familiar face around the camp would help him to settle in, the second-rower said.

Meanwhile, Melbourne captain Cameron Smith has warned against writing off Brisbane's finals aspirations following their fifth straight loss, against the Storm on Friday night. ''They just need some bounces to go their way,'' he said.

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