He can’t be pushed, he has a player option for next season. But the club may say to him that he can exercise it but he’ll be one of the highest paid players in reserve grade.Jumping before he's pushed? Is there a chance the coaching staff has had a quiet word and said if he isn't up to scratch this year then he'd be spending 2021 in reserve grade?
Do you think Adam Blair will have this light bulb moment and not enforce his extra year option?
Great idea.We keep on hearing the phrase about certain players that they are “good trainers”. Sometimes it’s true, other times it’s not. But, from what I’ve heard, Blair is an exceptional trainer and, because of that, and the mana he carries, the younger players look up to him immensely. As Roger Tuivasa-Sheck said this week, there aren’t too many 30 plus props with a six pack.
But, on the field, a lot of times, the metres he makes doesn’t reflect that and it annoys us as fans that he seems to be doing enough to get by week by week.
With him having a player option for next year why not offer him a role as a trainer and pay for him to do high performance studies. Keep him around the players, have him run the water bottles and the sideline, have him run some of the weights sessions, use him as a semi welfare officer.... and not as a player. In other words, Wiki Mark 2.
That way they can keep him and the mana he carries around the squad, especially as it looks like they’ll be based in Oz again next season, but his on field efforts won’t effect team performance or undermine his legacy.
Sorry about the length of the post.... still to buzzed after tonight’s performance to sleep.
Adam Blair tipped tipped to announce his retirement
Adam Blair eyeing NRL retirement as New Zealand Warriors lose to Canberra Raiders
Some of the attention this week will also centre on the plans of 34-year-old forward Adam Blair, who it is understood may announce his retirement.
A host of signings have put even more pressure on Blair's position - he is currently reconsidering his future, even though there is a year left on his lucrative contract. Blair, who played as an interchange forward against the Raiders, has played 330 NRL matches at four clubs since 2006 plus 51 tests, second only to the legendary Kiwi hardman Ruben Wiki.