Cheyse Blair will be leaving the Castleford Tigers at the end of the 2022 Super League season – that much is true.
That news was confirmed months ago after head coach Lee Radford, w
With Blair shifting to the back-row, however, places have been limited and the Australian has often had to fit in the centres when injury has struck, particularly under Radford.
With his contract not being renewed, there have been murmurings of a potential move to a Super League rival, but Serious About Rugby League can now reveal exclusively that Blair is moving back to Australia.
And, the 30-year-old may quit the game altogether after enduring a difficult three years in the UK competition despite age still being on his side.
Having failed to make the grade with the Sydney Roosters, Blair moved 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.
Though it took a while for the Aussie to settle in, Blair began to show some good form at the beginning of the 2020 Super League season before Covid-19 struck and Castleford’s year derailed from there under previous boss Daryl Powell.