Hingano threat to go if Green signs

Herald on Sunday - - IN OTHER NEWS - By Dale Budge

The War­riors would likely lose tal­ented young­ster Ata Hingano should they com­plete the sign­ing of Manly’s Blake Green.

The Auck­land out­fit is ru­moured to be close to se­cur­ing the 31-year-old five-eighth, who is still con­tracted to Manly in 2018, although the Sea Ea­gles have in­di­cated they would of­fer him a re­lease un­der the right con­di­tions.

Manly have shown in­ter­est in Pen­rith’s Matt Moy­lan and would hap­pily re­lease Green if they could ac­quire the full­back/five-eighth. Although Green’s ar­rival would give Shaun John­son an ex­pe­ri­enced play­maker to share the re­spon­si­bil­ity of steer­ing the side around the park, it could cost the club a high­lyre­garded ju­nior tal­ent.

Hingano is un­der­stood to be ready to walk away if the club adds Green to their ros­ter.

The Ton­gan in­ter­na­tional’s agent Peter Brown con­firmed they would be dis­ap­pointed if the club was chas­ing a vet­eran just months af­ter re-sign­ing the 20-year-old.

“If he is go­ing to be third or fourth wheel, then he might as well look else­where,” Brown told the Her­ald on Sun­day. “We told the War­riors that when he re-signed with them.

“If they did sign Green, we would have to reeval­u­ate.”

There was in­ter­est in Hingano from sev­eral clubs be­fore he signed an ex­ten­sion to re­main at Mt Smart ear­lier this year.

War­riors chief ex­ec­u­tive Cameron Ge­orge de­nied the club were near­ing a deal with Green and in­sisted they were com­mit­ted to Hingano.

“Ata’s signed with us,” Ge­orge said. “I have seen re­ports linking us to Blake Green but that is all. Green is con­tracted to Manly for next year as far as I know.

“Re­ports that we are close sign­ing Blake are not ac­cu­rate.

“If he or any other player were avail­able, we would con­sider them, but there is noth­ing to re­port there.”

Ge­orge’s pre­de­ces­sor Jim Doyle ne­go­ti­ated Hingano’s re-sign­ing to ear­lier in the sea­son but the new boss is more than happy with that de­ci­sion.

“Ata is a big part of the club — he was ex­tended for two more years be­cause we see him as a big part of our fu­ture,” Ge­orge added.

Green is re­port­edly poised to join the War­riors on a three-year deal worth around $2 mil­lion.

A big­ger money one-year deal might make sense, pro­vid­ing in­sur­ance if Hingano wasn’t ready for a full sea­son as a start­ing player or if star half­back John­son wasn’t back to full fit­ness. The longer-term ar­range­ment is ei­ther over-pay­ing on halves or demon­strat­ing a lack of faith in the young­ster.

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Ata Hingano may leave the War­riors if Blake Green signs.

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