THE NRL New Zealand Warriors have waved goodbye to Tamworth for now, but not forever.
In traditional Maori style, the players performed a roaring Haka to Wests Entertainment Group chief executive Rod Laing, staff, Tamworth Regional Council mayor Col Murray, MP Kevin Anderson and Oxley Police District Inspector Jeff Budd as a special thank you on their way out.
Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney stood outside the facility that hosted the elite players and support staff while in strict isolation on Wednesday morning before they boarded a bus headed for the Central Coast.
"We'd like to take this opportunity to formally thank everyone who's helped us here in Tamworth," he said.
"We were booked to go to northern NSW and that fell over pretty late, to coordinate the situation that we found ourselves in here quickly was a wonderful effort by a number of people."