Whether it surprises or angers, Blake Green will join the Newcastle Knights effective immediately after the New Zealand Warriors released him.
With some initial reports indicating that the club wanted to push Green out, the new challenge arises for the veteran half.
The club made it clear that they wanted to keep Green on board but he wanted a move elsewhere.
“We were committed to Blake staying with us for the rest of the season but he and his management have indicated they want an immediate release,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.
“Given the circumstances we have granted his request.
“We thank Blake for the contribution he has made to the Vodafone Warriors over the last three years and wish him and his family all the best for the future.”
Green played in 55 NRL games for the Warriors and had his ups and downs.
For the Knights, as they deal with a mounting injury toll – especially with Andrew McCullough and Connor Watson – Green’s addition helps their depth.
Adam O’Brien has worked with Green before and looks forward to adding his experience to the current Knights side.
“I’ve previously worked with Blake, know the family well and he’s only going to compliment us,” O’Brien said.
“Further to that, I know he and Mitchell Pearce will complement each other.
“They share a lot of similar traits. They are educators and fiercely competitive.
“I have a responsibility to the players who are working their backsides off to keep fighting every day and give ourselves the best chance to win.”
With the Knights performing well and a chance to make the finals, O’Brien knows how crucial it is for the team to surround themselves with good people.
“We also have a responsibility to our supporters, sponsors and town to compete each week and strive for success,” O’Brien continued.
“Blake’s arrival helps us continue our fight and it’s something he’s excited to be part of.”
Green will take up the roster spot of Andrew McCullough who is out for the season.