Door open for Adam Blair to leave Broncos, says coach Wayne Bennett

It appears Adam Blair is edging closer to receiving an early release from his contract at Brisbane.
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It appears Adam Blair is edging closer to receiving an early release from his contract at Brisbane.

The door is open for Adam Blair to join the Warriors, with Broncos coach Wayne Bennett saying he will not stand in the way of the Kiwis captain leaving Brisbane.

Blair is contracted to the Broncos until next year but has been granted permission to negotiate with rival clubs for an early release.

It is understood the 31-year-old prop is looking to sign a four-year deal with the Warriors, although the Knights and Dragons are also reportedly keen on securing his services.

Bennett is a big fan of Blair and is prepared to table him a new deal for 2019.

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However, they cannot compete with the money available elsewhere, with Australia's Courier-Mail reporting that the Warriors have offered A$600,000 (NZ$650,000) per season.

"If he wants to leave, we won't stand in his way," Bennett told The Courier-Mail.

"As much as I want to keep Adam, the money out there for him is huge. He is a great bloke, a good family man and he has this one opportunity to set himself up.

"We won't be able to match the offers out there, I know that and Adam knows that."

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Blair has revitalised his career since joining the Broncos in 2015.

After establishing himself as one of the best forwards in the game at the Storm, he was lured to the Wests Tigers on a big-money deal in 2012 but his form dropped off as he struggled to live up to the hype.

Having worked together in Melbourne, Brisbane and with the Kiwis, Warriors coach Stephen Kearney would back himself to get the best out of Blair, who would bring some much-needed leadership and forward muscle to the club.

But Bennett added that the Tigers experience has left Blair wary of chasing the cash.

"In the past Adam went to a club [Tigers] on big money and it didn't work out for him," Bennett said. "He realises that and knows how important it is to be happy where you are playing your footy, rather than getting a lot of money and not being happy.

"We haven't given up hope of keeping him, but we need to get a better balance in what we can offer."

 - Stuff

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