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St George look set to renew their relationship with prodigal son Nathan Blacklock after Blacklock admitted he had met with Dragons coach Nathan Brown early last week to ask about a possible return to Rugby League.
Blacklock only played twenty minutes for the Waratah's in last night?s victory over the Crusaders at Aussie Stadium and is simply not interested in the 15-man game. You can hardly blame him. In league, Blacklock had a roving commission and his feats were nothing short of spectacular and many spring to mind. His chip and chase against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval a couple of season back to win the Dragons the game right at the death was vintage Blacklock and putting it simply, his talents are wasted in Rugby and his opportunities are very few and far between.
Blacklock was the leading tryscorer in the NRL from 1999-2001 and has scored 117 tries in his time at the Dragons and considering the Dragons average start to the year and their lack of quality outside backs, coach Nathan Brown and CEO Peter Doust will be doing all they can to ensure Blacklock is back in the red V as soon as possible.
The news of Blacklock?s ambivalence towards Rugby is a huge slap in the face and the rumours persist that both Wendell Sailor and Lote Tuqiri will return to league once their ARU contracts expire leaving Mat Rogers as the only high profile league signing happy with his surroundings.
Shocked and angry Waratah's coach Bob Dwyer dismissed the talk of Blacklock returning to league and said Blacklock would rather stay in union and is ?easily disappointed? after having missed selection in the starting side for last night?s match
Bob Dwyer said: ? I seriously doubt he wants to go back. He gets disappointed easily and that is something he has to overcome. He has to learn to deal with things.?
Dwyer seems to be out in the cold as Doust has already spoken with NRL CEO David Gallop about ways of getting Nathan back to league suggesting Blacklock?s move was more calculated than Dwyer has thought and the chain of events to date confirm Blacklock?s desire to get back to league.
Dragon fans should be dancing in the streets but if the Dragons do manage to get Blacklock back in a Dragons jersey, what will be the cost? There have been suggestions that Nathan Brown will look at cutting some of the younger players in an effort to get the Dragons below the cap but that is yet to be confirmed.