It’s been two months since Broncos prop Adam Blair declared that remaining in Brisbane was “most probably what (he’s) going to do“, but as more time passes without him re-signing, the more likely it seems that he may eventually be pried away from the Broncos (note: the last time we said that, it was in regards to Broncos winger Jordan Kahu. Less than 24 hours later, it was revealed he’s close to re-signing).
According to Channel 7 reporter Chris Garry, the Dragons and Warriors are attempting to do exactly that.
“Dragons and Warriors pursuing Broncos prop Adam Blair,” Garry wrote. “Blair could be let go for right offer at season’s end.”
The comment that Blair “could be let go” is somewhat odd, as to the best of our knowledge, Blair is off contract at the end of 2017.
When he originally signed in November 2014, the deal was reported as being for three years, making him contracted through 2017, at least initially; while as recently as June, WWOS reporter The Mole reported Blair as off-contract. If the Broncos have since extended him (which it sounds as though they may have), it seems surprising that they’d then turn around and release him from the extra year. Conversely, if it’s a 2018 option in Blair’s favour, he may be able to choose to depart with or without the Broncos’ blessing.
Either way, the Warriors interest is obviously serious, since they’ve been linked to him since May.
As for the Dragons, they’ve lost bookend Russell Packer to the Tigers next year, and have money to spend since losing fullback Josh Dugan to the Sharks, while replacing him in-house with Matt Dufty.
Off contract or not, Blair’s situation sounds like it requires more attention than we’ve recently been giving it.