Player Blake Green

Finally Confirmed

[Signing] Green secured until 2020
Richard Becht

Tue 21st November, 09:13AM
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Seasoned standoff Blake Green has been secured by the Vodafone Warriors on a three-year contract.

Signed until the end of the 2020 NRL season, the 31-year-old is moving to Auckland after helping the Manly Sea Eagles surge to sixth this season from 13th in 2016.

He’s the Vodafone Warriors’ eighth new signing after Tohu Harris (Melbourne), Leivaha Pulu (Gold Coast), Gerard Beale (Cronulla), Adam Blair (Brisbane), Peta Hiku (Warrington), Matiu Love-Henry (Brisbane) and Agnatius Paasi (Gold Coast).

“We’re delighted we’ve been able to sign a player of Blake’s calibre,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“He wasn’t off-contract but became available through circumstances. It couldn’t have worked out better for us. He’s a terrific player and his experience in winning titles and playing so much finals football will be of huge benefit to us.

“His presence will add both depth and intense competition among the halves, which is exactly what we’re after. On top of that his background at a number of clubs in the NRL and Super League makes him an ideal mentor for our young halves.”

The Vodafone Warriors will become Green’s sixth NRL club and his eighth in all counting Hull Kingston Rovers and Wigan.

He began his first-grade career with Parramatta in 2007 before establishing himself with Canterbury-Bankstown in 2010 following just 19 games in two seasons with Cronulla in 2008 and 2009; he had his first taste of finals football with the Sharks in 2008 and has now appeared in a total of eight NRL finals matches plus Super League play-offs and two Old Trafford grand finals as well as the Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

His one-season stint with the Sea Eagles in 2017 followed two with Melbourne when he played in the 2016 grand final and was in the Storm side stopped one win short of the decider in 2015 by eventual premier North Queensland.

Green spent four seasons in the English Super League with Hull Kingston Rovers and the Wigan Warriors from 2011-2014, savouring the Challenge Cup-Super League grand final double with Wigan in 2013. He won the Harry Sutherland Trophy as man of the match in the Super League decider at Old Trafford while he was in the grand final again in 2014 when Wigan lost to St Helens.

Green has played a combined total of more than 200 top-grade games in the NRL and the Super League.

BLAKE GREEN

Date of Birth: September 19, 1986

Birthplace: Fairfield, NSW, Australia

Junior Club: Cabramatta

Position: Standoff

Height: 1.79m

Weight: 97kg

Rep Honours: Australian Schoolboys

Previous Clubs: Parramatta (2007), Cronulla (2008-2009), Canterbury-Bankstown (2010), Hull Kingston Rovers (2011-2012), Wigan (2013-2014), Melbourne (2015-2016), Manly (2017)

NRL Debut: Parramatta v Canberra, Parramatta Stadium, April 7, 2007 (Round 4)

NRL Career: 117 appearances (2007-2010 & 2015-2017):

Parramatta: 6 appearances (2007)

Cronulla: 19 appearances (2008-2009)

Canterbury-Bankstown: 18 appearances (2010)

Melbourne: 50 appearances (2015-2016)

Manly: 24 appearances (2017)

NRL Points: 64 (16 tries):

Parramatta: 0

Cronulla: 4 (1 try)

Canterbury-Bankstown: 8 (2 tries)

Melbourne: 40 (10 tries)

Manly: 12 (3 tries)

Super League Career: 89 appearances (2011-2014):

Hull Kingston Rovers: 40 appearances (2011-2012)

Wigan Warriors: 49 appearances (2013-2014)

Super League Points: 144 (36 tries):

Hull Kingston Rovers: 72 (18 tries)

Wigan: 72 (18 tries)
 

bruce

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Sep 1, 2015
16,702
Interesting and almost worrying hearing about the players that don’t even like footy. Playing for the family is great and all, but what happens when things aren’t rosy with the family? Surely it has an effect on performance and team culture.

We need players who want to play footy for the jersey, out and out Rugby league players.
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Blain

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 18, 2012
2,240
Wellington
I'd say that's a Auckland vs Sydney thing.. Sydney is all about NRL. Most our juniors grew up playing both codes, or rugby only. The fanfare just isn't in the same ball park.

Although saying players don't even like footy is alarming. Hopefully those players are being weeded out with the post Kearney phase. TBH I'm not a Green fan, I think he's two faced. But he knows his Rugby League.
 

jsmooove

1st Grade Fringe
May 18, 2012
1,511
Interesting and almost worrying hearing about the players that don’t even like footy. Playing for the family is great and all, but what happens when things aren’t rosy with the family? Surely it has an effect on performance and team culture.

We need players who want to play footy for the jersey, out and out Rugby league players.
well the club is to blame really. They targeted "athletes" over footy players so its natural you get guys that dont like footy.
 

mrblonde

Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 14, 2012
3,855
Auckland
I imagine some league players who really had their heart set on union and never made it - for whatever reason - might be playing NRL a bit reluctantly.

I don't expect all the players religiously watch every NRL game every timeslot, every NRL TV show etc etc. I wouldn't imagine rugby league is automatically their favouritest thing in the world ever. There's a mile of difference between "I hate league" and "I don't like league". I don't understand why some player who hated league would play, but understand some players playing under sufference - they don't like it, it's 9-5 job but it's money and it's something they're capable enough at, although they don't stand out as great players and they wouldn't put in the hours to get picked for higher honours like S of O, the Kiwis etc - while waiting for an opportunity in the code they'd rather play/industry they'd rather be in.
 

gpred

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Sep 23, 2016
945
When they are selling t-shirts out of their car boot (Mark Geyer), or debt to the communities they claim to represent (Stacey Jones), or crack to any sucker (Manu Vatuvei......innocent until proven guilty), perhaps only then will they realise that whether you prefer Union or League, you're a lucky C#$%T to even get a sniff at doing anything like play sport for a career.
 
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HoRneT041

1st Grade Fringe
Dec 4, 2018
842
I wonder how many players watched the Storm game because we are playing them next 🤣
I admit to getting some satisfaction watching mid table teams around our level crumbling and getting pummeled by either the storm or panthers.

The Titans game was even more satisfying as they could’ve won! albeit a brain explosion from BK being a ball hog at the wrong time.

It’s the “little things” like that - gives me warm and fuzzy feelings being a Warriors supporter after copping our lot lol
 

6Again

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Jul 1, 2020
835
Wonder if the experience of living here in Australia has opened a few eyes, a new kind of normal. If some of these players are as out of touch as Greeny suggests hopefully something rubs off - Mohawk mentioned the culture at the club is slowly changing.
 
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