Sheens blasts Blair critics


Critics suggesting Wests Tigers signing Adam Blair is underperforming have been blasted by coach Tim Sheens.

The signing of Kiwi international Blair during the off season has failed to spark a spluttering Tigers outfit, which has fallen to five straight NRL defeats.

Detractors have labelled the Tigers’ forwards ‘soft’ and accused former Melbourne player Blair of failing to live up to his reputed $2million price tag.

The criticism has not resonated well with head coach Tim Sheens however.

“I think Adam is progressing really well,’’ said Sheens.

“He is a second-rower, not a half-back. Some of the so called criticism are from people who really don’t know what they are talking about.’’

“He is trying to do his best for the team and he has fitted in very well within the group. His ball skill ability will come to the fore more and more and I think he is just settling down. He has only played six games for the club.’’

Sheens says he expects nothing more from Blair, who he says is settling in well at the Tigers.

Gareth Ellis was twelve months before he found his feet,” he added.

“I’m not asking anything from Blairy other than to do his job. So far I am happy with what we are seeing. He is not the issue in our football team at the moment.”

The Tigers are aiming to end their losing streak when they meet Penrith at Centrebet Stadium on Sunday.