BLAIR RISES WITH BRON­COS

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - CHRIS GARRY

ADAM Blair says there is one ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween the Bron­cos and his old club Wests Tigers – the level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

Blair was a last- minute ad­di­tion to Bris­bane this year af­ter leav­ing Wests Tigers on just three days’ no­tice.

He was be­mused at the time and ret­i­cent to break a con­tract, but the ver­sa­tile for­ward has be­come a val­ued mem­ber of the ta­ble- top­ping Bron­cos, who tackle the Tigers on Sun­day at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

It will be the first time Blair faces his old club, who are strug­gling on and off field.

The Tigers’ coach­ing staff have changed dra­mat­i­cally since last year but their poor form has con­tin­ued this sea­son.

Blair said there was a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence in train­ing in­ten­sity from the Tigers to the Bron­cos.

“We are all on the same page at train­ing and ev­ery­one wants to be there,” Blair said.

“We are all ex­cited and want to be there ( at train­ing), and that’s the big­gest change I no­ticed.

“I think there’s a pro­fes­sion­al­ism that this club has, the brand speaks for it­self.

“It helps when you are win­ning, though.

“I will stay away from the ban­ter this week. This is an im­por­tant game for both teams.

“They are not go­ing as well as they want to be.

“They need to put some good per­for­mances in at the back end of the year, and we need to keep our mo­men­tum.”

The Bron­cos are sail­ing to­wards their most suc­cess­ful reg­u­lar sea­son in club history and have even taken over a Ci­tyCat, with a ma­roon and gold Bron­cos ves­sel un­veiled by Mayor Graham Quirk yesterday.

The last Queens­land team to adorn a Ci­tyCat was the Fire­birds, who went on to win a premier­ship just weeks later.

Blair scored his first try of the sea­son in Bris­bane’s win over Can­ter­bury.

He has im­proved tremen­dously since he was given a clip be­hind the ears from Bron­cos coach­ing staff for mak­ing just one run in their win over Cronulla in March.

He made 17 runs and 140m against the Bull­dogs.

“Ev­ery day you have to look in the mir­ror and ask ‘ How much do I want it?’,” he said.

“I know what I can do and since that day I haven’t looked back and I am en­joy­ing my­self a lot more.”

Pic­ture: DAR­REN ENG­LAND

STEP­PING UP: Adam Blair dur­ing Bron­cos train­ing.

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