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Storm sign Wigan five-eighth Green

Melbourne has been desperate for a consistent No.6 this season but they may have to wait until November for him to arrive.

The Storm have announced the signing of Wigan five-eighth Blake Green for the next two seasons, signalling the 27-year-old's return to the NRL after a four-year absence.

Green played for three NRL clubs in four years before moving to the English Super League in 2011, spending two season at Hull before joining Wigan in 2013, where he claimed Man of the Match honours in the club's grand final win.

The former Eel, Shark and Canterbury Bulldog returns to the NRL were he played 43 games between 2007 and 2010.

Green believes his experience abroad will allow him to build a strong career on home soil.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and made some wonderful friends and created memories that will stay with me forever," Green told the Wigan club website.

"I would also like to give special thanks to Shaun [Wane] and his coaching staff for improving my game and giving me the tools that I will need to be a success in the NRL."

He may be unproven at NRL level but Green may be the answer the Storm have struggled to find since Gareth Widdop's departure to the Dragons at the end of last season.

To say the Storm's depth at No.6 has been tested would be the politest of understatements. Joel Romelo, Cody Walker and Ben Roberts have all been unavailable at times through injury this year while Ben Hampton was forced to miss two games through suspension.

Adding to Melbourne's bad luck in the halves is the fact they will be without arguably the best halfback in the world in Cooper Cronk for another seven weeks.

Green may not be Melbourne's saving grace this season, but for 2015 and beyond the faithful down south will be hoping the player who returns from the UK is a more consistent and mature footballer than the one who left for it four years ago.

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