Blake Green’s backflip from an NRL deal at Canterbury to stay with Newcastle appeared to be a recruitment debacle for the Bulldogs but the five-eighth says he simply couldn’t do the job the Belmore club wanted him for.
Green signed with the Bulldogs for one year but just three days later suffered an ACL injury, which would effectively rule him out of the pre-season and early rounds.
A conversation followed with Trent Barrett that made it clear Green’s best option would be to stay at the Knights, if they would have him.
And 75 days later the backflip was announced, which Green describes as an easy fit for everyone.
“It was just unfortunate timing when I did my knee,” he told AAP.
“With Trent going to the club as a new coach, I’ve got a really good relationship with Baz, he needed someone to get his attack on in the pre-season and then start the year and get the club off to a good start.
“Obviously I couldn’t be that person anymore.
“It was an easy conversation to have.
“It was the best thing for both parties.
“Tt worked out really well and I’m happy here and grateful to be staying at Newcastle, and they’ve got someone to start the season off (at the Bulldogs).
“It was just an easy fit.”
Green laughs off any suggestion of hard feelings towards the Bulldogs but the contract confusion was just the cherry on top of a wild year for the former Warriors half.
His family only received all of their belongings from their Auckland home in November, having lived out of a suitcase for six months.
The 34-year-old started the season with the Warriors, moved his family to Australia temporarily, then found out in the media he was unwanted by the club beyond the end of 2020.
Green sought and was granted an immediate release to join the Knights, playing three games before suffering the ACL injury that will delay his 2021 season start, although he’s unsure until when.
“It’s almost been five months but once we get to that six month mark we’ll be able to do some testing and see where I’m at, but it’s been tracking along really well,” he said.
“The medical team at the club have been fantastic.
“The rehab program I’ve been put through has been really professional and I’ve ticked all the boxes so far, I haven’t had any hiccups.
“It’s hard to put a date on it though, the six month mark is when we’ll know more.”