Green delays putting pen to paper
Storm five-eighth Blake Green has decided to postpone the signing of a new contract until the end of Melbourne's season.
The 29-year-old has been the subject of rumoured bids from Sydney clubs and it's understood he's also wanted by the Storm, but Green said on Monday a decision on his future wouldn’t be made until after Melbourne's finals campaign.
Green signed for Melbourne in 2015 and has made a huge impact on the club over the past two seasons but will make sure all his time and energy is put into this finals series, and says the contract will be dealt with at a later date.
"I think I'll probably wait [until after the season is over] to be honest. The main focus is making sure we win our footy games, we don't need any distractions for the team," Green said.
"The main focus at the moment is just making sure we get back into some form heading into the finals, so I'm sure that'll sort itself out in due course."
Before the finals series begins the Storm will be involved in one more huge game, as the minor premiership goes in the line on Saturday night.
After the loss to the Broncos and the Sharks' come-from-behind win over the Roosters on the weekend, the top two sides are separated by just one point, meaning the winner will take home the JJ Giltinan Shield.
"It's an important one for us. We're looking to bounce back from last week's performance, we were probably a little bit lacklustre in terms of energy so we need to rectify that this week when we come up against a very good Cronulla Sharks team who put in a good performance against the Roosters," Green said.
Despite sitting on top of the table Melbourne have lost two of their past three games, and consistency is now a big issue for the Victorian club heading into the finals.
Green said over the past three weeks his side has fluctuated between good and bad performances and knows they need to bring the energy each week from here on out if they're to make it to October.
"I thought we were quite flat when we played the Raiders a couple of weeks ago, and then we had a short turnaround and played with a heap of energy against Manly and put up a good performance," Green said.
"We then probably went back to that performance against the Raiders on the weekend, so it's something Craig's spoken about and something we need to sort out if we want to be a threat in this competition."