Castleford Tigers’ Cheyse Blair has now departed the Jungle after three years at the club.
Though he came to the West Yorkshire club under a barrage of media attention, it’s fair to say Blair was solid but not spectacular, running down his three-year deal before exiting at the end of this season.
With Blair shifting to the back-row, however, places for him in the side have been limited and the Australian often had to fit in the centres when injury struck, particularly under new head coach Lee Radford.
With his contract not being renewed, there were murmurings of a potential move to a Super League rival, but Serious About Rugby League previously revealed that Blair would be heading back to Australia.
Now, though, it appears as though the forward/centre will be heading for new NRL side the Dolphins, if one of his former teammates’ comment is anything to go by.
Blair posted on Instagram: “Just wanna thank everyone for the past couple of years here at Cas. Been a hell of a ride. Wish everyone the best in their futures. Cheers to the fans for the support. Let’s see what the future holds.”
Former Tigers teammate Tyla Hepi then commented under the post: “All the best at Redcliffe 🐬 pal.”
If true, it would be a huge move for Blair who, having failed to make the grade with the Sydney Roosters, Blmoved to the Parramatta Eels in 2011 and eventually made 28 appearances for the Eels before moving on to the Manly Sea Eagles.
There, the 30-year-old, made 16 appearances in two seasons but caught the eye of Premiership-hunting Melbourne Storm who snapped up the centre/second-rower ahead of the 2016 season.
At Melbourne, Blair enjoyed the best form of his career, registering almost 40 appearances in the purple jersey, but Castleford came calling midway through 2019 with the club desperate for new blood.
Now he goes home with everyone at Castleford’s best wishes.