After watching from the stands as his rookie halves partner endured a baptism of fire over the last three weeks, Blake Green hopes his return to action on Sunday will take some weight off the shoulders of Chanel Harris-Tavita.
Returning on Sunday against the Knights after sitting out three games with a groin injury, Green has been named to start for the clash at Mount Smart Stadium.
The Warriors are aiming to snap a three-game losing skid which has sent them tumbling to 12th on the NRL Telstra Premiership ladder.
In Green's absence Harris-Tavita was thrust into the main playmaking role, with usual centre Peta Hiku and back-rower Tohu Harris alternating as his halves partners through that period.
Green was quick to praise the 20-year-old for the way he handled the added responsibility.
"It's been a tough job, he's been really good," Green said of Harris-Tavita.
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"Three of his four NRL games he has played on his own without an experienced half next to him. It's tough when you are out there playing on your own.
"I think he's done a great job and I am looking forward to getting out there and playing some footy with him on Sunday."
In the last fortnight the Warriors' attack has struggled to fire, with the club scoring only a collective 22 in losses to the Cowboys and Storm.
Green said the aim this week was to take most of the game management responsibility off Harris-Tavita and allow him to run the ball more often.
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"Hopefully he can just take a big breath and relax," Green said.
"I'll do my best to make sure I can control the game and the way we move around the field as much as possible.
"He's got a bit of flair about him Chanel, so hopefully he gets a chance to get some space and gets to show that on the weekend."
The inclusion of Green is one of several positional and personnel changes made by coach Stephen Kearney ahead of round eight.
Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is named to return from a hamstring complaint and got through training on Wednesday, but the news isn't so clear on David Fusitu'a (ribs), who has been named on the wing but is yet to take part in full contact work.
Kearney said the demotion of experienced forward Adam Blair from the starting side to the interchange, and the dropping of centre Solomone Kata to the extended reserves, was a result of both players struggling for form.
"It's pretty well documented Adam hasn't been at his best and it's just an opportunity for him to regather his thoughts and also to put him back through the middle, which is probably a better spot for him," Kearney said.
"Over the last few weeks [Solomone] hasn't been at his best … I know what he is capable of and trust that he can get the job done.
"Sometimes it takes a bit of an adjustment to go back and refocus on your game and get yourself sorted."