Green in Origin Frame after Warriors Win
It's the most successful start to the Warriors' season of all time - and one of their key recruits is reaping the rewards.
As the Auckland-based side upset the Sydney Roosters 30-6 at Allianz Stadium, achieving a 4-0 record for the first time in their history, Green took the spotlight in the absence of star halfback Shaun Johnson. Discussions around veteran five-eighth Blake Green's Origin chances then began to surface.
NSW True Blue Mark Geyer was one man to put the question out on Twitter, also suggesting incumbent five-eighth James Maloney as a potential halfback.
At 31 years of age and having represented six NRL clubs - plus two more in the English Super League - Green's level of experience at club level is comparable with Maloney's and any other Origin contender. The Cabramatta and Hills junior has never played senior representative Rugby League, but Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues adviser Greg Alexander confirmed he has been a part of discussions.
"No one is out," Alexander told Fox League's Super Saturday. "We’ve discussed a number of players and Blake Green has certainly been part of the talk about the NSW halves.
"Blake Green, I don’t know if he’s played any representative footy at all, but he’s got the composure and the cool head that makes you think he would certainly be a good fit for NSW if he gets there.
"He’s had a great start to the year, which is good for the (Brydens Lawyers NSW) Blues."
An unfortunate injury to NSW halfback contender Nathan Cleary has prompted further discussion about the state's 2018 halves pairing, with Green the only NSW-eligible playmaker to remain undefeated after the opening month of competition.
Warriors coach and former Kiwis mentor Stephen Kearney piled on the praise after his side's commanding Round 4 victory.
"I'll tell you what, if he was a Kiwi I'd be looking at him for the Kiwis," Kearney said. "He's got a real calming influence and I don't want to embarrass him, but to me he's made a tremendous contribution to the club.
"He's a footballer, he's a real pro and I'm very pleased he's in our team."
The opinions expressed are those of the writer and are not reflective of the NSWRL or State of Origin selection process.