McFadden returns fire to Lowe

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has hit back at Graham Lowe’s claim the NRL club has a “bro culture” problem, hinting the former coach is making headlines for his own gain.

Lowe launched a stinging attack on the star-studded Warriors after their NRL season opening loss to the unfancied Wests Tigers.

The former Kiwis and Queensland coach and one-time part-owner of the Warriors said the Warriors players were missing a hard edge and the club was going backwards due to a “bro culture”.

“He’s obviously very keen to get back into the game – we’ll just leave it at that,” McFadden said.

“Graham has obviously been around the game a long time.

“He’s got ideas on the way things should be done and I’ve got some other ideas.”

Asked what was a bro culture, McFadden said: “You’ll have to ask Graham.

“I have no idea what he is talking about.”

McFadden did not want to debate whether Lowe’s comment had racial connotations.

“I’m not going to go into that,” he said.

“He’s made comments. That’s for other people to judge.”

McFadden was already under growing pressure to keep his job after a Warriors outfit boasting star recruits Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke misfired last weekend, relegating the club to nine straight losses since last year.

McFadden said it was too early to judge his side and believed they could regroup ahead of Friday night’s clash with 2015 grand finalists Brisbane.

“It’s round one. He (Lowe) has obviously been a little reactive in his comments,” McFadden said.

“Internally we’ve addressed it (his comments) and that’s what we’ll focus on.”

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