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Blair rides Storm but doesn't rule out call from Warriors

Peter Thorley | 19th July 2010

Kiwis' star Adam Blair enjoyed his return to New Zealand this weekend and won't rule out a shift to the Warriors in the future.

The Warriors have made no secret of the fact that they would like to add the Broadwood-raised back rower to their playing roster and with the Melbourne Storm side likely to be broken up because of their well-publicised salary cap issues, the shift remains an option.

"I haven't been approached formally but if and when the time comes, I'll think about it and go from there," Blair said.

With a couple of aunts and some friends making the trip to watch him play, Blair said he always enjoys playing in Auckland.

"It's always good to come back home even though we're here for a short time. You've got to try and make the most of it," he said.

The Storm were defeated by the Warriors 13-6, but Blair revealed the Storm salary cap drama hadn't diminished his love for the game, nor his attitude toward it.

"You can't do too much about what's been going on at the moment, you need to focus on what you can control, so we keep doing what we do normally, have a bit of fun and play some good footy and everything else will take care of itself in time," he said.

The Storm's bizarre NRL season, where they play in the competition, yet aren't allowed to win any points, has made it a tough season for Blair and his teammates.

The bright side of his unusual season is by the time the Kiwis' Four Nations' campaign rolls around in November, it will be a contest he can get his teeth into.

"I think it's affected me a little bit, you know, for myself I think I've just got to focus on what I do well for the team and hopefully if I keep on doing the little things right for the team then my form will remain good and I'll put it all into the end of year tour. "

"I'm definitely keen on getting into it [the Four Nations] this year after last year, where we worked hard but didn't get the right results. But this year we're coming off the Anzac test, where we played pretty good and hopefully we can build that into a successful Four Nations," he said.

This year's Four Nations competition will feature Papua New Guinea, England, Australia and the Kiwis, with three games played in New Zealand before the final on November 13 in Brisbane. The addition of Papua New Guinea, who replace France in this year's contest, provides a very different test from last year.

"We played against them in the World Cup, you know they're really physical."