Competition - NRL
Round - Finals Week 1
Teams – Melbourne Storm v North Queensland Cowboys
Date –    10th of September 2016
Venue – AAMI Park, Melbourne VIC
Photographer – Brett Crockford
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Green to depart Storm

Storm five-eighth Blake Green will depart the Club at the conclusion of the 2016 finals series.

Green will join the Manly Sea Eagles after accepting a two-year deal with the Sydney-based club.

The 29-year-old has played 48 games with Storm over the last two seasons after arriving in Melbourne following four years in the English Super League.

He has become a mainstay of Craig Bellamy’s side, missing just three games whilst scoring 10 tries and provided 19 assists.

As well as his clever play-making ability, Green has provided the side with valuable leadership both on and off the field.

This was recognised prior to the 2016 season when he was promoted to Storm’s leadership group alongside Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Jesse Bromwich.

Green also has played a significant role in developing the Club’s next generation of leaders and will now remain focused on Storm’s 2016 finals campaign.

Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi paid tribute to impact Green has had on the Club over the last two seasons.

“Blake is a quality footballer and a quality person,” Ponissi said.

“While we would have loved to see Blake remain here with us in Melbourne, we understand this decision is best for him and his family.

“The importance of his leadership and consistency has been significant for the team and we know Blake will be doing everything he can to help our Club succeed in our preliminary final.”

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