Blair re­luc­tant to leave Bron­cos as salary cap bites

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - RIKKI- LEE ARNOLD

BRON­COS en­forcer Adam Blair has re­vealed that he does not want to leave the club, but may have no other choice be­cause of the salary cap squeeze.

Bris­bane con­firmed last week that their star prop had been given per­mis­sion to con­sider of­fers from other clubs, de­spite the fact he is con­trac- ted to the Bron­cos end of next sea­son.

With teams like the War­riors and Dragons both in­ter­ested in Blair’s ser­vices for the fu­ture, the Kiwi cap­tain has been weigh­ing up his op­tions for the fu­ture.

It is un­der­stood the Bron­cos have given him some idea of what kind of con­tract he could ex­pect from the club if he un­til the stayed on to play in 2019, but it is not a deal that is worth much be­cause of the num­ber of play­ers they have al­ready re­signed.

Blair, a fa­ther of two, says while he loves the Bron­cos and their cul­ture, he has to do what is best for his fam­ily.

“This is a great club and I’ve said all along that I don’t want to leave,” Blair said.

“There’s some good play­ers here and some great staff.

“But there’s a cap and they can only spend what they can af­ford.

“They’ve given me an op­por­tu­nity to go out there and have a look around. They’re doing a good thing by me. At the same time they don’t want me to go.

“I don’t want to go but that’s what the cap does play­ers some­times.”

The 31- year- old said he had not even con­sid­ered re­tire­ment and that is why his next move was so im­por­tant.

If he was to stay, he could be look­ing at fin­ish­ing his ca­reer at the end of 2019.

If he chose to move on, he could se­cure him­self a three or four- year deal else­where. to some

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