Losing a wealth of experience over the last few years, Manly have rebuilt their side and continue to do so, as they confirm the signing of Melbourne Storm five-eighth, Blake Green.
A stint in the Super League changed his game and his approach to it, with the five-eighth a surprising core piece of the Melbourne Storm side looking to win the 2016 premiership.
Green, who has played 91 NRL games, signs with the Sea Eagles on a 2-year deal that will allow them to play other players in their natural positions.
Trent Barrett praised the signing, highlighting Green’s ability and the pressure he can take off Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves.
â€œBlake gives us what we need. He will be a really good foil for Daly Cherry-Evans. He will take a lot of pressure off Daly, especially with his kicking game on the left edge,” Barrett said.
â€œHe has been in a good system at Melbourne under Craig Bellamy. Blake is a really great signing for us.â€
Although the Storm would have liked to have retained Green, they understand his decision and that family played a big role in making it.
â€œBlake is a quality footballer and a quality person,â€ said the Storm’s Director of Football, Frank Ponissi.
â€œWhile we would have loved to see Blake remain here with us in Melbourne, we understand this decision is best for him and his family.
â€œThe importance of his leadership and consistency has been significant for the team and we know Blake will be doing everything he can to help our Club succeed in our preliminary final.â€