Wigan Warriors today announce the signing of Hull KR Stand-Off, Blake Green, on a Two-Year Contract for Seasons 2013 and 2014.
Wigan have agreed a substantial settlement fee with Hull KR for the 25 year old who had two years remaining on his contract at Craven Park. Green has been signed to replace the departing Brett Finch who is returning down under at the end of this season .
Blake Green joined Rovers at the end of the 2010 season from Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL and was an immediate success. He was awarded the Club’s Player of the Year Trophy in 2011 scoring 12 tries in 27 appearances.
Green captained Australia Schoolboys in 2004 and ledParramatta’s Premier League side to consecutive Premierships in 2005 and 2006. He went on to make his NRL debut for Parramatta in 2007 before moving to Cronulla in 2008, a move which saw him secure regular appearances. In 2010, Blake played briefly for Canterbury before his switch to Super League. He has made over 40 appearances in the NRL.
Speaking about the signing of Blake, Head Coach Shaun Wane said:
“I am really excited to have Blake Green joining us. We have admired his style of play for some time at Wigan with his ability to attack the line, his kicking game and his strong defence. He will be a great addition to our squad and has all the qualities we need both as a player and a person.”
Blake Green added:
“I'm really excited to be given the opportunity to play for the Wigan Warriors. They are a great club with a proud history which I'm sure will only improve my game. I'd like to thank Neil Hudgell and Hull KR for the way they have treated me over the last two years and will leave them with only good memories and close friendships. I am looking forward to this new chapter in my playing career with Wigan and hope to play a key role over the next couple of seasons as the team look to build on recent successes.”
Ian Lenagan, Chairman, commented:
"This signing is another example of the excellent and mutually-respectful relationship between our two clubs with Wigan paying a full transfer fee for the player in recognition of him being released early by Hull KR. Blake Green's signing means Wigan have now covered well the two vitally important half-back positions for the near future whilst ensuring peer-group development and competition in the medium-term for Sam Powell, George Williams and Ryan Hampshire."