BRETT Finch reckons his replacement Blake Green will be a huge crowd-pleaser at Wigan.
Green (pictured above) was Finch’s under-study at Parramatta and the current Warriors No.6 has watched the 25-year-old blossom into a skilful playmaker over the past few seasons.
His performances for Hull KR convinced the Warriors to shell out a six-figure transfer fee to lure him to the DW Stadium to fill Finch’s boots next year.
And Finch has assured fans they have a gem on their hands – both on and off the field.
He said: “Greeny’s a great fella and player.
“No disrespect to Hull KR but I think you’ll see the best of him here, with a bit more quality around him.
“When we played at Parra together, when he was coming through, he was one of the best juniors in the competition and Cronulla snapped him up from there.
“It’s a great move for him and the club, and I think the fans will really take to him.
“I think he’ll form a good partnership with Matty Smith, I think they’ll complement each other well.
“He’s one of those blokes who’s a real pleasure to have around the place. We have a lot of things in common - we both enjoy a beer and a punt – he’s a real good fella, and I know Shaun (Wane) and Iestyn (Harris) were really impressed with him when they sat down.”
Finch has spoken to the 25-year-old and told him what to expect at the Warriors.
“When he came to have a look around (last week), Waney brought him to my house,” said Finch.
“I said to him, ‘If you want to be over here in England, you want to be playing for trophies and here’s a great place to try and do that’.
“It didn’t need me to sell the club, but sometimes it’s reassuring to know where you’re coming to. I spoke to Piggy (Mark Riddell) and Trent Barrett before I came here, and they couldn’t speak highly enough of the place.
“I told Greeny there’s a great bunch of fellas here and it’s a pleasure to come to training every day.”
Finch hopes to tie-up his own future this week. He plans to play one more season in the NRL before moving into a mentoring role with younger players.