Blair eye­ing re­turn to NZ

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

WAYNE Ben­nett holds the key to Adam Blair’s NRL fu­ture as the Ki­wis cap­tain weighs up a re­turn to New Zealand.

Blair has at­tracted in­ter­est from the War­riors, which could see 2017 be his third and fi­nal sea­son at the Bron­cos.

The 31- year- old prop is con­tracted to the Bron­cos un­til the end of next sea­son, how­ever Bris­bane would be open to re­leas­ing Blair if he re­ceives a longer of­fer from the War­riors.

The big­gest stick­ing point in the sce­nario is Ben­nett.

Blair deputised as cap­tain while Dar­ius Boyd was in­jured ear­lier this sea­son and the coach has a high opin­ion of the front row en­forcer.

Bron­cos chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul White said he had not en­ter­tained the thought of let­ting Blair go but pointed to the club’s re­lease of half­back Ash­ley Tay­lor to the Ti­tans in 2015.

“I haven’t con­tem­plated that to be hon­est,” he said.

“If you look back at what hap­pened when Ash Tay­lor left our club, he had a year to run on his con­tract. It doesn’t al­ways work out per­fectly but we were able to come up with a good so­lu­tion that suited Ash.

“The play­ers have a lim­ited time in the game. You’re al­ways ac­knowl­edg­ing that while still mak­ing sure the club’s best in­ter­ests are served.

“It’s never an easy de­ci­sion. It’s not one I’m con­tem­plat­ing at the mo­ment.”

Bron­cos for­ward Adam Blair.

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