Green to help DCE shine
Sea Eagles recruit Blake Green says he will do whatever is required to get the best out of halfback Daly Cherry-Evans, set to start alongside the Queensland and Australia representative in the halves at the northern beaches club in 2017.
Green returned to Sydney from Melbourne, making 50 appearances as the Storm fell short in the preliminary finals and grand final in his two seasons at the club under the tutelage of coach Craig Bellamy.
But that isn't the only successful system Green has played in, with the Hills District Bulls junior also having spent four seasons in the UK Super League including two at the Wigan Warriors, with former Bellamy assistant Michael Maguire having previously established a winning culture at the club.
A firm believer in hard work reaping rewards, the No.6 said he's been fortunate to play alongside some of the game's elite, and is excited at the prospect of continuing that trend at his new club alongside Cherry-Evans.
Injuries gave Trent Barrett numerous selection headaches in his first season as head coach at the club, with Green aiming to provide 'DCE' with a consistent foil after Manly fielded four players at five-eighth (Dylan Walker, Jamie Lyon, Matthew Wright and Apisai Koroisau) in 2016.
"From what I saw last year I think it's important that you have stability in your halves, it's important for him to understand he's not on his own and that he doesn't have to control things," Green told seaeagles.com.au.
"I'm more than happy to control the footy team and get them around the field and just let him play his natural game.
"I think he's at his best when he's running the footy and playing what's in front of him. I'm going to give him the opportunity to do that next year.
"He doesn't have to worry about counting numbers and getting to certain parts of the field, kicking to the right spots. I can take care of all that sort of stuff and he can just play footy."
Green partnered Cooper Cronk in the halves while in the Victorian capital, a pairing that almost delivered the club another premiership.
While the 30-year-old sees similarities between his former halves partner and Cherry-Evans in terms of ability, he believes both possess a different playing style, meaning his role at Manly might be different to the one he played at Melbourne.
"They're very different players. Obviously both very talented… I'm looking forward to link up with 'Chez' (Cherry-Evans)," Green said.
"I think I took a lot from Cooper, a lot of technical things from the game, a lot of subtleties with the ball, he works really hard on being direct with the footy, pinpoint with his kicks. His preparation is really big for him, I guess that's something I can talk to 'Chez' about if he ever needs any advice in terms of training or prep for games.
"I love the fact that 'Chez' plays what he sees, he's a natural footy player. Hopefully I can prove a good relationship with him and we can get things started nice and early."
Green joins Akuila Uate, Curtis Sironen, Cameron Cullen and Shaun Lane as the Sea Eagles' main additions for season 2017.