:           NRL Auckland Nines, Manly v Cowboys at Eden Park, Saturday February 15th 2014. Digital image by Shane Wenzlick, copyright nrlphotos.com

Blair: Lyon's a 10 out of 10

Set to make his debut for the Sea Eagles on Saturday night, new recruit Cheyse Blair is looking forward to playing outside former international Jamie Lyon. 

“Jamie’s a 10 out of 10,” Blair said.

“That’s what I was really looking forward to coming here. It’s going to give me so much confidence playing outside him.

“Every time he gets the ball he’s making something. If you’ve watch the Sea Eagles in the last few years, just give him the ball and he will make something out of it, whether it’s a quick play the ball or the small things like a little kick-through or something like that.”

“It might take me a few more games to get that combination right but I’m looking forward to it.”

Blair will make his return to the top grade since last appearing in Eels colours in round 14 last year.

After a rollercoaster past 12 months, the outside back has had an impressive preseason at his new club, rewarded with a start in the season opener. 

“I’m really looking forward to it. Preseason has been tough, as they always are. I know a few of the other boys, like Dunamis Lui and Josh Starling are looking forward to it,” Blair said.

The Storm is likely to be without Dally M medalist Cooper Cronk due to a shoulder injury.

However, Blair insists Melbourne will provide a stern test for his side and believes the match will be won through the middle.

“Melbourne is a class side. I think it’s going to be a defence sort of game, so if we all work as one hopefully we can get the win because I haven’t won in a while.”