Harris relishes Warriors leadership role

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During Tohu Harris' five-year spell at Melbourne Storm between 2013 and 2017, the club never lacked for leadership - or NRL success.

But, having returned to New Zealand to link up with the Warriors in 2018, the Kiwis back-rower acknowledges his individual role has changed.

He's now a leader in his own right.

"Back at the Storm, there's a lot of leaders and vocal players - you know, I just tried to sit back and learn as much as I can," Harris said.

"Coming here, I wanted to challenge myself, to try and take a step forward in that area and speak more - so hopefully I've been able to make sense in the things I've said, and to make an impact on someone.

"I've tried to get out of my comfort zone and speak up when I think it's the right time, to try and support Roger (Tuivasa-Sheck) as much as possible."

By his side's first-up display, Harris is already making a mark.

The Warriors brushed aside South Sydney 32-20 in last week's opening 2018 NRL fixture, dominating huge chunks of the contest.

The 26-year-old Harris admitted he was relieved to begin his Warriors tenure on the right note and help the club build some early-season form.

They'd look to extend their run in this weekend's clash against Gold Coast, and start their NRL campaign with back-to-back wins for just the third time.

Harris will partner Isaiah Papali'i in the Warriors' second row.

"It was a good start to the year but there's a lot of points we can take out of it to improve on and we're looking to do that this week," Harris said.

"Just a few efforts defensively we were disappointed with, but I thought we could be a lot more ruthless, I guess, to finish off well.

"Hopefully we can fix those up and have a more complete performance."

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