Sam Warriner breaks the mold with regards elite athletes and is something of a late bloomer in the sport. The UK born but now fiercely proud Kiwi emerged on the international scene when in her thirties but quickly established a reputation as one of the toughest and most respected competitors on the World Cup circuit.
Strength, size and speed make for an imposing combination in any sport let alone as a striker facing defenders who take great pride in out-muscling their opponents.
Sam was one of Hawke's Bay United's most dependable performers this season, despite making the adjustment from NZ U-20 striker to NZFC fullback. A great crosser of the ball, and with pace to match his versatility, Sam will likely be used to add width to the Oly Whites midfield.