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  1. S J

    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    Jesse Bromwich has re-signed with Melbourne Storm on a 4 year deal.
     
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    CAN’T KEEP ‘EM ALL
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    THEY’VE retained future Immortal Cameron Smith and boom forward Jesse Bromwich – but Melbourne’s massive retention drive is set to come at a cost.

    Star back-rowers Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman and Tohu Harris are off contract . . . and the club will struggle to keep them all.

    New Zealand Test forward Proctor is the most likely to move, with his management going to the marketplace this week after initial talks with the Storm broke down.

    “All three are quality players and we would love to keep them,” Storm football manager Frank Ponissi says.

    “We brought all three into our system as young guys and we’ve been delighted with the way they have developed into topline players.

    “The back row has been one of our real strengths in recent seasons, largely because of these guys.

    “The salary cap always provides challenges and this is an example of that.”

    Proctor’s manager Chris Orr has been swamped with interest in the rangy back-rower in recent days.

    Five clubs are on the trail of the ball-playing forward, with the Gold Coast Titans believed to be a huge show of signing him.

    Proctor attended Palm Beach Currumbin High School on the Gold Coast and represented Australian Schoolboys from there before joining the Storm.

    “After talks with Melbourne, we have decided to go out to the market,” Orr says.

    “The Storm are keen to keep him and he is happy there.

    “But he is open-minded about the whole thing and if he has to move to further his career, he will do it.”

    Proctor has played 107 games for the Storm since debuting in 2008 as well as two Tests for New Zealand.

    Hoffman is one of the Storm’s favourite sons having racked up 227 games for the club.

    He already left the Storm once – in 2011 for a one-year stint at Wigan in Super League – and the 30-year-old is now likely to play out his career at the club.

    Harris debuted last year and proved a revelation, playing in 27 games and showing great promise.

    He was controversially dumped from the Kiwi Test team late last season – some 24 hours after being selected – when Sonny Bill Williams made the late decision to declare himself available
     
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    “The salary cap always provides challenges and this is an example of that.”

    Never a truer word spoken but the Storm have proven past masters at that challenge.:bag:
     
  4. S J

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    Salary Cap - we get told that the Chooks, Dogs and Melbourne just have supporters who don't sponsor the Club who lay out these huge amounts to keep players.

    Most teams win a GF and then lose top players - as they have to pay more to keep them. Some teams don't lose players.

    I remember previously we got told they just juggled the numbers well, had better accountants, all was OK. I believe history always repeats itself.

    If something looks too good to be true, well ... :)
     
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    Proctor staying put ... :)
     
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    Glad to hear it.
     
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    Castleford Tigers have begun their recruitment for 2015 with the capture of Samoan international Junior Moors.

    The 27-year-old back-row forward, who was in the Samoa team that lost to Fiji in the World Cup quarter-final at Warrington in November, is joining the Tigers on a three-year contract from Melbourne Storm.
     
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    Here we go again ...

    The Melbourne Storm have announced the signing of experienced front-rower Tom Learoyd-Lahrs from the Canberra Raiders on a one-year deal for the 2015 season.
     
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    He will excel under Belamy. Poor Raider lose everyone who shows promise.
     
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    Neville Costigan ?
     
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    Nathan Brown will resume his coaching career in the NRL after joining Melbourne.
    Brown, who hasn't coached in Australia since finishing up his six-year stint at the helm of St George Illawarra in 2008, has joined the Storm's brains trust. Fairfax Media revealed last October that the Victorian club was interested in securing Brown's services, initially as an assistant to premiership-winning coach Craig Bellamy.
    The Storm have got their man, albeit in a slightly different role to the one initially discussed. Melbourne have retained their assistants from last season but added Brown to the staff, in a role likened to the consultancy position which Matthew Johns once occupied. The former Dragons hooker will review matches and provide feedback to the coaches to give them a fresh perspective on game plans and tactics. It's understood Brown, who will be able to fulfil his duties from Sydney, met the players for the first time last week and an official announcement is imminent.
    Manly was one of several clubs in talks with Brown last year but the Sea Eagles ultimately opted to retain the same coaching structure for 2015, clearing the way for their arch rivals to pounce. The 41-year-old was also interviewed for the Wests Tigers head coaching job which ultimately went to Jason Taylor.
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    Brown's stocks have risen during his time in the Super League, culminating in him overseeing St Helens' grand final win over Wigan at Old Trafford last year.
    The Storm have a history of identifying and developing coaching talent. Brad Arthur, Stephen Kearney and Michael Maguire have all become NRL head coaches, with Maguire piloting South Sydney to their 21st premiership following a 43-year drought. Wests Tigers assistant David Kidwell, an assistant to New Zealand coach Kearney at international level, is another promising young coach who has come through the Storm system.

    SMH
     
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    Matter of opinion. Few in England were impressed by him.
     
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    Full sentence -
    Yes - its the players when they win - the coach when they lose ... ;)
     
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    Even the toxic Tigers didn't want him...
     
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    Storm to play home game in Napier against the Dragons in Round 20.
     
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    Melbourne has signed exciting Australian schoolboys duo Scott Drinkwater and Curtis Scott, experienced front rower Mark Nicholls and Thunderbolts winger Tony Tumusa.
     
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    Lafai for 2017 ?
     
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    Kenny Bromwich, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Cheyse Blair, Felise Kaufusi and Mark Nicholls - re-signed.
     
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    Congratulations.
     
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