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Wests Tigers centre Blake Ayshford has spoken about his decision to ask for a release to join Cronulla Sharks for the next two years.

After making his debut against the Brisbane Broncos in 2009, Ayshford decided to make the tough call to leave the Wests Tigers at the conclusion of this season.

At the end of the day it was my decision, the club has been good by me for the six or seven years I have been here, Ayshford said.

I owe this club a lot and I will always have a soft spot for it.

Ayshford will line up for his 100th NRL match this Friday night at Leichhardt Oval, something that he thought might not happen this year.

There hasnt been too many injuries; this year was probably been the worst when I missed about six games, he said.

I didnt think it was going to come (100 games) because I kept getting injured this year. It is good to get it up at Leichhardt.

With the side looking to bounce back against the New Zealand Warriors on Friday night, Ayshford highlighted the importance a home crowd plays in getting the vital two points.

Its always good playing at Leichhardt or Campbelltown, Ayshford said.

Our last one against the Storm, the crowd really got us home at Leichhardt.

We have played some of our best footy of the year there so I am sure the fans will get out there and support us this Friday night.

Its really a do-or-die match for us, like most of our games are for the rest of the season.


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