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2004 can best be described as a bludger of a season for the club after the high highs of the 2002 grand final and going with in a game of the grand final again in 2003, the team were bereft Hollywood stars Temuera Morrison and Kiefer Sutherland enjoy watching the Warriors.of attacking ideas, commitment on defense and tactical smarts. 2004 would be a season best forgotten. If it had not been for the complete ineptitude of the 2004 South Sydney Rabbitohs the Warriors would have the rightfull recipients of the dreaded wooden spoon. Star signing P.J. Marsh missed the entire season due to a serious neck injury. For seasoned coach Daniel Anderson he was to be the victim of played power lead by senior players. Though officially Daniel stood down from his position with the Warriors in truth he was gently sacked by the club. Anderson would retained his roll with the New Zealand national side through to 2005. And tellingly star halfback Stacey Jones retired from the national team and would stay retired from the Kiwis until Anderson stood down from his position with the Kiwis in 2005. Jones would famously return to the international field for the Kiwis in 2005 after Anderson was gone and would be a key member of the Kiwis side that won the 2005 tri nations.

With Andersons reparture from Ericsson stadium Assistant coach Tony Kemp took over the head coaching roll after 11 rounds of the 2004 seasons. Apart from a first up win for Kemp with the team beating Canberra 20 - 14 at Ericsson it was a case of new coach but unfortunatey same results for the club and fans. In april star forward Ali Lauiti'iti announces that he leaving the club with emmediate effect to join ESL giants Leeds. The media go into a frenzy over the Lauiti'iti afair when news breaks that Lauiti'iti was leaving after he informed club mates that the most important thing in his life were his faith and family. Warriors CEO Mick Watson instructs club captain and Kiwis test team mate of Lauiti'iti's, Monty Betham to produce a press release stating that the club couldn't have someone at the club that you couldn't take into the trenches. effectively questions Lauiti'itis commitment to the club and cause.

July 9 would be the day that the club announces the return home of two city Wiki. Kiwis captain Ruben Wiki decides to return home for the remainder of his career. And if the Warriors faithfull thought Wiki was a major signing then they were in for a pleasant surprise when on the 12th of July the Warriors announced the signing of Australian test and Queensland state of origin prop Steve Price. Returning fan favourites Ivan Cleary and Kevin Campion signed on as Tony Kemps assistants after Kemp is signed to a long term coaching deal. The last of the major signings for the club was premiership winning winger Todd Byrne who was signed from the Sydney Roosters.

Along with lauiti'iti other long term fan favourite Warriors players to depart from the club were Henry Fa'afili, Mark Tookey and Jerry Seuseu. Logan Swann was also to leave the Warriors at seasons end but it would be the last we'd see of Swann in a Warriors a jersey as the talented second rower would return to the club after 3 seasons in the ESL. John Carlaw and Kiwis test player also left at seasons close with Carlaw linking with St George Illawarra Dragons and Tony signing with NRL giants the Brisbane Broncos. The other notable departure from the club was long term assistant coach and video analysis coach Rohan Smith who left the club along with Daniel Anderson. Both left for the ESL with Smith joining up with super league club the London Broncos. Again with no links to Australian minor clubs the Warriors would release players not needed in the NRL to Bartercard cup teams.

Shockingly durring the season promising young Warriors recruit Shaun Metcalf was jailed for attempting to force the miscarriage of his baby by luring his 15 year old girl friend to a local park where with his team mates Geoffrey Ruaporo and Kyle Donovan set apon the defenceless young girl, repeatedly kicking kicking her in the stomach.

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