NRL 2020: Blake Green granted immediate release from NZ Warriors, joining Newcastle Knights

Blake Green has played his last game for the NZ Warriors.

The vetarn NRL halfback has been granted an immediate release to join Newcastle Knights, who have been hit by injuries to their playmaking stocks.

Warriors chief executive Cameron George has confirmed the news on Tuesday.

"Blake Green requested for a release and that's been granted," George says. "Blake is heading off to the Newcastle Knights and spoke to the group this morning. 

"Blake is a champion person and has been a great player for a long long time - in recent years for our club - and we have enjoyed a great relationship with Blake.

"While it's hard to say goodbye, this decision to head off today might create some opportunities for him in the future.

"I can't speak highly enough of Blake and we wish him all the best."

Green's departure won't have come as a shock to the club, after owner Mark Robinson publicly announced the Australian wouldn't be offered a new contract next season.

Robinson spoke openly that Green wasn't in the club's long term plans and he should seek opportunities elsewhere.

NRL and Newcastle legend Andrew Johns recently described the decision to let Green go as "crazy", but the club will spend the rest of the season investing in talented halfback Chanel Harris-Tavita.

"What it does present is it gives him [Harris-Tavita] a tremendous opportunity to work within the squad for the rest of the year and develop in that capacity," says George.

"It's really exciting for Chanel."

George says the club won't look replace Green with a loan player, with half options Harris-Tavita, Hayze Perham and Adam Keighran all with the squad on New South Wales' Central Coast. 

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