Blake Green

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    With everything we have seen of Green in the last week or two it is clear he is a leader.

    This team club do with a bit more of that.
     
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    Probably via tinder?
     
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    He was off contract at Manly. Wanted a 3 year contract. Couldn't get one anywhere else. Got offered one by us. Win - win. I think that's how I read it online.
     
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    It's been reported in the media a couple of times that they knew each other - this was prior to Green being signed.
     
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    He wasn't actually off contract. Was still signed to Manly for this year but they believed they were odds on to get Mitchell Pearce and gave him the release to take up a more lucrative offer with us.
     
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    Here's a link to the interview Blake Green did with Marty Devlin today.

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    His words not mine...

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    Not sure if this was posted earlier.. A good read from the man himself

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    THE NEW FIGHT IN THE WARRIORS
    Blake Green - Contributor March 10, 2018


    I have seen plenty of jumper presentations in my time. They usually follow a similar pattern from club-to-club. But not at the Warriors. Not even close.
    I was standing there, as usual. All the players and coaching staff were gathered, as usual. And then a four-year-old boy marched into the room holding my new No. 6 jumper.



    ‘I love you Dad, and I hope you win the footy. Go Warriors!’



    It was my son, Boston.



    The club had arranged it with my wife, Sarah, and the kids, Boston and Sadie, and kept it a secret from me. It was a total surprise and a lovely one at that. It was a very special moment and something I’ll cherish forever.



    To me, it really summed up the experience with the Warriors so far. They have done everything to ensure we made a seamless transition from the northern beaches of Sydney to downtown Auckland. They’ve been thoughtful, considerate and incredibly accommodating.



    They even presented Boston with his own little Warriors jumper. He won’t take the thing off!



    Boston is at pre-school and has already mastered his own version of the haka. He is getting right into the culture, learning the names of all the primary colours in Maori. Before long, I think he’ll be counting to ten in the native New Zealand tongue. He has made new friends and the change in culture will be really good for him.











    Shaun Johnson & ME


    The Warriors have been a real eye-opener on the field as well.



    There’s been a perception that the players aren’t fit enough, don’t train hard enough, and that’s why they haven’t been successful over the last five or six seasons.



    I can’t speak for years gone by but I can say, with great certainty, that it isn’t accurate in 2018.



    This has been one of the toughest pre-seasons I’ve had – and I played under Craig Bellamy. We have got through a ton of work. Fitness, strength and stamina are not going to be issues for the Warriors this season. I’ve been genuinely impressed. Everything looks in place.



    I’m not going to make any big predictions but I can guarantee the players will be making each other more accountable. That’s something we focused on during the pre-season: being accountable for your actions, giving your best effort on every occasion.



    I played in the trial against the Titans on the Sunny Coast. It was my first time playing alongside Shaun Johnson, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and the group. Our spine worked. Things flowed quite easily on the field.



    There’s been a perception that the players aren’t fit enough, don’t train hard enough, and that’s why they haven’t been successful.



    Working alongside Shaun is going to be exciting. He can do things on the field not many players can. He’s a bit of a freestyler, so good off-the-cuff. If you jump out of the line and rush him defensively he will, more often than not, come up with a big play instinctively.



    If I can take some responsibility off him – let him play eyes-up, run the footy and have some fun – he will be very dangerous. From the outside looking in, he has had a lot of weight on his shoulders, steering the team around, trying to control the game and come up with the big play.



    I just want him to know that he’s not on his own. I’m here to support him and take care of the game management stuff. That will allow him to play footy, use his speed and run the ball.



    He’s had an interrupted pre-season – he underwent eye surgery to remove a benign growth and had a delayed return because of World Cup leave. But you wouldn’t have known it against the Titans. He had some nice touches and played 70 minutes. It was really encouraging.



    We’ve been spending quite a bit of time together. I enjoy his company. We’ve had more coffees in the last couple of weeks than he has had in his entire life! That’s the thing I like doing.







    A TEAM OF LEADERS


    One of the main reasons the Warriors signed me was to add more experience, to bolster our leadership group.



    Simon Mannering has been at the club his whole life. He’s a fabulous role model for the young kids. He typifies what we’re trying to stand for as a club and the culture we are trying to foster.



    Simon is a real knockabout person, not flashy in what he wears or what he drives. He has played nearly 300 games for the Warriors, plus a lot of Test football for his country, and yet he doesn’t put himself on a pedestal, doesn’t see himself as better than anyone else. He’s still quite shy and humble about his standing in the game. He is someone to aspire to.



    Shortly after I arrived in New Zealand, we both took our young boys to the basketball. They’re both of a similar age and ran amok a little bit. It was all part of Simon and the club accepting me and my family as their own. It was a great gesture.



    Adam Blair has been a big addition to the club, as have Tohu Harris and Peta Hiku. These are guys with plenty of experience. I’ve been working closely with them to get ideas and feedback on how everything is going.



    I knew Tohu when we were both at the Storm. The boys nicknamed him The Zombie because he was so laid-back, almost sleepy, most of the time. To us, he never looked as though he was tuned in but he was just a young bloke quietly taking everything in. He’s actually a really intelligent footy player.



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    One of the first things I noticed when I arrived at the club was that Tohu has a big voice now. He is actively educating younger members of the team and passing on his knowledge. The Zombie has woken up!



    Mooks – that’s Steve Kearney’s nickname – gives it to him all the time. He was also with us at the Storm. He said to Tohu the other day, ‘When you were a kid at Melbourne you wouldn’t say a word to anyone. Now I can’t shut you up!’.



    Tohu is going to be a huge asset to the club. He is the just the type of player we needed.



    Issac Luke might been in the crosshairs of some critics but he’s really impressed me since I’ve arrived at the club. He had a limited pre-season because of hamstring issues. He had a few weeks off, got it all sorted and came back into the fold a couple of weeks before our first trial.



    Since that happened, he has cleaned up our ruck a lot. He’s sharp out of dummy half. You can see he has looked after his body. He’s really lean. Obviously, the better he plays the better the team goes and I think he has done everything he can to be set for a big season.



    We’ve got the right pieces in place to be successful. We have come up with a style of footy we think is going to suit us. We’ll find out in the first couple of weeks how it’s going to work.








    Mooks has been terrific. He’s calm but direct in what he wants. And he has an extra pair of eyes in Brian Smith, our new general manager. Smithy has loads of experience as an NRL and Super League coach. He’s seen it all as a player and coach and his aim is to put some great structures in place.



    The Warriors need these pathways for our players of tomorrow. In the Auckland competition, we didn’t have an under 18s side last year.



    There’s a bit of a concern that rugby union has taken over in the region. I guess it’s Smithy’s job to get all the foundations in place to set up pathways for the young kids to follow.







    THE MOVE


    The circumstances of why I left Manly were pretty straightforward.



    I received an approach in November from the Warriors. I was off contract at the time and spoke to the Sea Eagles management about the situation.



    A decision was made. I wasn’t offered a long-term deal to stay. That’s part and parcel of the game and I accept that. I would have loved to have stayed, but I had to do the best thing for my wife, the kids and me.



    I really enjoyed my time at Brooky. I have no hard feelings. I was well received by the people there and we loved living on the beaches.





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    I made a lot of great friends at Manly. I caught up with a few of the boys for lunch before we flew over to New Zealand. And then when I came back to Australia towards the end of December, my family went over to Daly’s house and stayed there. The kids had a great old play for Christmas.



    We also caught up with the Trbojevic boys at their family home up at Mona Vale. We all had a swim in their pool on a great summer’s day. The boys parents, John and Melissa, were great to my family when I joined Manly from Melbourne. They invited me, Sarah and the kids over every couple of weeks for some home-cooked meals.



    I still keep in touch with heaps of the Manly boys. There are plenty of phone chats between us on a weekly basis. In rugby league, you make friends for life.



    But you also move on to greener pastures, different locations, different teams. The Warriors offered me the deal I was looking for – three years – and I was happy to take it.



    I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us.


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    Yeah interesting because below has quotes from Manly at the time of his switch

    Manly clear decks for Mitchell Pearce by granting Blake Green immediate release
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    Blake Green has been granted an immediate release by Manly
    “The Club has been advised that Blake has received an opportunity to continue his NRL career elsewhere over the next few years and in the interest of Blake and his family’s long-term future, has agreed to release him now,’’ Manly CEO Lyall Gorman said.

    “We are comfortable with this decision as Blake is off contract at the end of the 2018 season and we are unsure of the likelihood of his contract being extended past that period.
     
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    I suppose both are correct.

    Technically with one year to run and no extension in place - I suppose he was technically off contract.
     
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    At the end of it all I'm glad he's here. No offense to our mate Jeff Robson but....

    And while I almost shat myself with excitement at the prospect of

    My life's a mess Foran
    My leg's ok but my mind is still scared to take on the line Johnson
    I'm having weight issues Luke
    Plus I'm trying my guts out Tuivasa-Scheck

    The state of our spine is looking real good with Give em a spray Green in it.
     
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    Blake Green‘s smarts and skill as a ballplayer can make the Warriors challengers this season

    Give me a footballer over an athlete anytime. Athletes win races, footballers win matches.

    In the age of giants, the game still belongs to the Smiths and the Thurstons.

    And the Greens.

    Blake Green, what a difference he’s already made at the Warriors.

    If Blake was a racehorse, he wouldn’t be odds-on favourite, based on appearance.

    Blake Green and Cameron Smith (AKA 3rd ref) look as though they should be advising players on Super rather than out there competing …..and winning.

    For them, the magic lies between the ears, not in the biceps.

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    Blake Green has the smarts to steer the Warriors. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright)
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    I really enjoy watching Blake Green play because I love his story. It’s a lesson in persistence and dedication.

    Blake only ever wanted to be a footballer, since he was a kid he was obsessed with Rugby League.

    He was a star at Westfield Sports High, captaining the Australian Schoolboys’ team in 2004, recognised as the best young playmaker coming through the ranks.

    Success appeared a sure thing, it wasn’t.

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    Green struggled to make his mark at Parra.
    Blake made his first grade debut for Parramatta in 2007 and a lot was expected, probably too much.

    He struggled. He not only felt every set of eyes on him, he felt intimidated by his teammates and his opponents.

    Blake was a rugby league fan and it never felt quite right being out on the pitch with his heroes.

    The following year he moved to the Link has been hidden. Please Register to view. and while there were glimpses of talent, Green still couldn’t quite get traction.

    In 2010, after two years in the Shire, he moved to the Dogs where he found some solid consistency, but also found himself in an underperforming team which finished 13th on the ladder.

    Football just wasn’t working out how he had hoped.

    So, he shrugged his shoulders, accepted his fate and pulled down the curtain on his NRL career, signing with English Super League’s Hull Kingston Rovers.

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    Gavin Miller was another who found his game in England. (Steve Moorehouse)
    Hull Kingston Rovers have a history of transforming struggling Australian footballers.

    In 1985 they signed a struggling young centre/backrower named Gavin Miller. Gavin had bounced around a few clubs since the late ‘70s before being released by the Roosters at the end of the 1984 season.

    At Hull KR, Miller reinvented himself and returned to the Cronulla Sharks in 1986 as a genius, the greatest ballplayer I have ever seen.

    English football agreed with Blake Green. There was less scrutiny, less pressure, he didn’t feel the weight of expectation, he was a success.

    In 2013 he moved to English glamour club Wigan, where his football blossomed further.

    In the 2013 Super League Grand Final Blake played one of his finest games, picking up Man of the Match after leading Wigan back from being 16-2 down, winning 30-16.

    It was a performance, of not just great skill, but courage. After just three minutes Green copped a cheap shot that broke his eye-socket and rendered him unconscious.

    Performances like that caught the attention of Craig Bellamy, who was on the lookout for a player to partner Cooper Cronk in the halves at Melbourne.

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    Melbourne were a good fit for Green’s talents. (Colleen Petch)
    Bellamy offered Blake a second crack at an NRL career.

    Green admits he was nervous, wondering whether the self doubt would resurface with the return of a high pressure environment. But at the Storm he learnt from Bellamy, that if you’re willing to work hard and discipline yourself to focus on the process of the task, not the outcome, you can expect success.

    Success is what he’s been enjoying ever since.

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    Green could be just what the Warriors need. (Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
    Each year Green is getting better and becoming more and more valuable as the old fashioned footballer becomes a rarer commodity.

    Manly will miss him enormously, last season he allowed Daly Cherry-Evans the kind of freedom Shaun Johnson is now enjoying.

    As far as the Warriors prospects for 2018? You never know.

    In 2017, with their big name signings, I expected them to challenge for a top-four finish, they were dreadful.

    This year I had them in my bottom four — they’ll probably win it.
     
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    I was keen on signing Blake Green from the first time it was rumoured and was fairly vocal mainly due to the fact I couldn’t see young Hingano being a consistent performer for 25 rounds, I could see the pressure Blake would take off Johnson with his all round game but a big piece of the puzzle I wanted moving forward was for Green to mentor Hingano which makes me a little sceptical about our future planning now he’s gone.

    Happy with Green but where to next is a question Brian Smith will need to find an answers for.
     
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    A good article. I am assuming this is the one Stuff references about Matthew Johns praising Green?

    A good outline of his career especially about going to England and being out of the spotlight. I mostly saw him while he was with Wigan.

    The game on the weekend was great. We still have an older guy on a long term contract but after some lean years I'm happy enough to enjoy the short term and debate his age or likely form towards the end of his contract at a later date like the off season or when/if his form deteriorates.
     
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    you mean grinder...
     
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    I like what I saw of Green and the team in general in round one, but so far there has only been one match.

    There is a lot of over the top high praise for so early in the season.
    I’m excited too, but I feel we might be setting ourselves up for a fall with the amount of back patting after round one.
     
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    Good point bro. The team are also aware of the hype vs the reality.

    Tohu Harris commented about not calling last week's victory success until they are doing that consistently.

    Good headspace.
     
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    Lot of talk about Green being in the frame for Origin - might be the first year where we're actually happy to have a bye before the game! He'd potentially only be out for round 17 against the Panthers, who'd possibly be missing Maloney who's tipped for the other spot.
     
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    You think Keary has a shot at SOO?
     
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    It's an outside chance for Green. It would be difficult ousting Maloney or Pearce, both are the incumbents so you would assume preference will be given to them assuming they are playing to form. But who knows, Brad Fitler might have different ideas. He's a different man to Laurie.