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Why Green opted to stay in Newcastle

It's now been two weeks since Blake Green signed the dotted line and committed to an extra year in red and blue.

Fans will remember Green had signed with the Bulldogs for 2021, however it's hard to ignore the unfinished business he still has in a red and blue jumper.

The five-eighth starred in his three appearances last season, with the nib Newcastle Knights winning all three games he featured in.

"I just gelled really quickly with the team," Green said.

"I was quite lucky in some ways, I only played three games but we had three wins."

It wasn't long after the conclusion of the season, with the Bulldogs signing Roosters halfback Kyle Flanagan, that the opportunity for Green to remain in Newcastle presented itself.

For Green, there was plenty of appeal in staying north of the M1.

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"I enjoy being around the Club, and the fact that it's a one-team-town appealed to me," he said.

"I've been at a couple of one-team-towns, and they're nice to be at.

"I'm just really grateful for the opportunity to be able to remain here and work with some really good people at the footy Club."

While the ink may still drying on his contract, Green has been working hard to prepare for the new year since he went down with an ACL injury against the Cowboys in Round 15.

"I don't know how much more I can do at the moment, I'm in (training) everyday," Green joked about his rehabilitation from the knee injury.

"From the moment I had my surgery I've been in the gym with the rehab team, working really hard, and things are progressing quite nicely.


"Fingers crossed I'll start returning to run just before or after Christmas and just see where that takes us."

As for when fans can expect him to again don the No.6 jersey, Green was hesitant to put a return date in place at this stage.

"I'm not 100% sure in terms of an exact time-frame, but we've just broken it down into monthly blocks," he said.

"I'm in a bit of a strength phase at the moment, so I've just been diving into that and putting all my focus into there.

"Fingers crossed I can make a quick and smooth return."