The Wests Tigers have today released New Zealand international Adam Blair from his playing contract, allowing him to take up a three-year deal with the Brisbane Broncos.
Tigers coach Jason Taylor thanked Blair for his service to the club but stressed Blair’s release would not result in any major siginings by the club.
“By releasing Adam and a couple of other players recently we have had some relief in the salary cap,” Taylor told nrl.com.
“We’re planning for long-term success here and any decisions regarding signing new players will be made with this in mind.
“We have a great group of young players coming through the Wests Tigers system and from what I’ve seen of them so far I’m confident that they will develop into a strong group of NRL players.
“I can assure Wests Tigers Members and supporters that we have a clear recruitment strategy and we are committed to building a successful Club that will challenge for premierships.”
Blair, 28, made his debut for the Melbourne Storm in 2006 and played 121 games for the club between 2006-2011. He joined the Tigers in 2012 and played 71 games for the club,missing just one game in three seasons.
He has also played for New Zealand on 30 occasions and was part of the 2014 Four Nations side that triumphed over Australia last weekend.
Broncos CEO Paul White believes Blair will be a valuable addition to the club, pointing to Blair’s recent success on the international stage.
“He is a World Cup winner coming off a great Four Nations campaign where he was a major contributor to the New Zealand victory, and at age 28 has several seasons of great football ahead of him,” White said.
“We are excited about the role he can play for the Brisbane Broncos, and we welcome him and his family to the club” he told nrl.com.