"I think this late in the season, that's too many changes, he's doing a really good job for us at fullback," O'Brien said. Veteran playmaker Blake Green's stint with the Newcastle Knights appears to have ended prematurely after a knee injury he suffered took the gloss off their 12-0 victory against North Queensland on Sunday. If something’s going to get said I want it to come from me and be the truth.”. Canterbury announced the signing on Wednesday afternoon, with CEO Andrew Hill revealing they had agreed to terms three weeks ago. In his absence, Kurt Mann switched from hooker to five-eighth and Phoenix Crossland came off the bench to handle the dummy-half duties. Newcastle coach Adam O'Brien said he "felt like crying" when veteran Blake Green left the field with a suspected ACL injury in the Knights' win over the Cowboys on Sunday. Green previously played for the Bulldogs in 2010, and has had quite the rugby league journey. "It's looking that way. rupturing his ACL while playing for the Newcastle Knights. We'll see what we come up with.". “I felt like crying with him. "I can't confirm it obviously," says O'Brien. That meant the Knights were reduced to 12 men for the first 10 minutes of the second half. But I’m getting used to it now though, I’ve had to do it a few times this year — it’s carnage. Ponga then iced the win two minutes from full-time with a cut-out pass that put fellow former Cowboy Enari Tuala over in the corner against his old club. Green went down in the first half of the Knights' 14-0 win over North Queensland at McDonald Jones Stadium. I feel for him at the moment but we have a crew that he can work with for the rest of the year as part of the coaching staff. news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site, Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >, Knights coach Adam O’Brien said after the game the injury “doesn’t look good”, His move came after he had the rug pulled out from under him by the Warriors earlier this year. “We feel that Blake will have a great impact on our squad next season, after undergoing a period of recovery around his current injury.”, Blake Green is going back to where it started.Source:Getty Images. “I tried to stay off my phone – I wasn’t trying to be rude or ignore anyone, but I just tried to put that to the side. Just what the injury means for Green's career remains to be seen, with the journeyman uncontracted beyond this season. Canterbury CEO Andrew Hill said in a statement the club signed Green three weeks ago. Green was on the field during the Warriors' training session on Thursday, giving advice. Green will await the result of scans, though medicos are unfortunately rarely wrong when it comes to ACL injuries. I'm getting used to it now though, having to do it a few times this year. It is also another clear sign Foran will be playing for another club in 2020. Green was helped from the field after injuring his knee in the Knights’ win over the Cowboys earlier this week and it has since emerged that he requires surgery to repair the ligament. FRUSTRATION: Knights skipper Mitchell Pearce copped 10 in the sin-bin. Kayo is your ticket to the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership. Sione Mata'utia, Bradman Best and Edrick Lee are also in the rehab room at the club, but will be eyeing off returns before the season is out. "We are confident that Blake will be able to bring a great deal of experience and leadership to our young group as an excellent game-manager. Blake Green suffered an untimely injury just after signing with the Dogs. Green has shown he is one of the best veteran playmakers in rugby league and appeared to be the perfect, cool-headed senior figure needed at the Dogs. Fifth-gamer Phoenix Crossland deputised at dummy half in Mann's absence, while O'Brien flagged Tex Hoy and Mason Lino as other options for the five-eighth role. The Bulldogs released a statement to confirm a report from The Daily Telegraph that Green made the call to return to the Bulldogs after the club reached out to him to be the man that replaces five-eighth Kieran Foran at the end of 2020. The 33-year-old halfback was told of his future with the club by recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan before club owner Mark Robinson announced it in an interview with TVNZ a few days later in June. The worst case scenario would see him miss the first two months off the 2021 season. Turning 34 next month, it would be a brave club which takes a punt on Green given he will be out of action for most of 2021. O'Brien is unsure who will partner Micthell Pearce in the halves on Saturday, although another former Warriors halfback, Mason Lino, is an option. "I think he can overcome this and Andrew McCullough is in the same boat. Newcastle five-eighth Blake Green has suffered a suspected ACL rupture just three games into his time with the club. The numbers were evened up five minutes after the interval when Cowboys forward Mitchell Dunn was binned. "What he's done for us straight away - and he's certainly had a great season what he did with the Warriors - he had an impact with us," he says. MORE: Todd Payten praises Warriors' resilience and commitment after comeback victory. The win moved the Knights into sixth spot on 19 competition points and all but seals them a spot in the finals for the first time since 2013. “He’s shattered,” O’Brien said. Green is off contract at the end of this season and his hopes of earning a deal for next season might depend on the severity of his injury. "I'm not a doctor, but it's not looking good. The Bulldogs’ first big signing since the appointment of Trent Barrett has blown up in the club’s face after star playmaker Blake Green’s serious knee injury.
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