THE signature of Wests Tigers’ prize recruit Adam Blair initially caused huge conjecture at Concord as club management embarked on a mid-season cleanout.
But the Kiwi vice-captain says he’s not looking for special treatment and the main reason he signed was due to the club’s expansive brand of attacking football.
When Tigers management outlaid more than $2 million to lure him to Concord on a four-year contract last June, the possible departures of long-term servants Chris Heighington, Liam Fulton, Beau Ryan and Tim Moltzen created major rumblings.
But only front-rowers Bryce Gibbs and Andrew Fifita have been forced to move to Cronulla as the Tigers have assembled one of the NRL’s strongest rosters.
“I felt like I was pretty structured down at the Storm so that’s part of the reason why I made my decision to move to Sydney,” Blair said.
"I thought I had a bit more to offer and I felt like I couldn’t really express too much of what I could do, so getting the opportunity to go to the Tigers will hopefully pay off.
"I’m happy to start from the bottom and work my way up. I’ve been speaking to Tim Sheens for a while now and he seems like a great bloke.
“The boys have warned me about how much he likes talking about footy so I’ve tried not to get into that conversation. But he’s been there before and done everything, so he’s going to be a great coach.”
Suspended since his Round-24 stoush with Glenn Stewart in the Battle of Brookvale, the New Zealand vice-captain played his first game back after a five-game lay-off against Wales at Wembley in London last night.
After victories in the World Cup final and last year’s Four Nations decider, Blair says there’s no reason the Kiwis can’t upset Australia again if all goes to plan and they meet in the final.
I like how they say we a one of the stongest rosters go tigers 2012
he went gr8 today he defended like a machine what do u guys think??