Melbourne Storm has delivered another major coup in their player retention strategy by announcing the re-signing of rising star Matt Duffie until the end of the 2014 season.
Duffie, 20, has enjoyed a meteoritic rise into NRL first grade after arriving in Melbourne as a 17 year old from Auckland at the end of 2008. The former schoolboy rugby union star played a key role in Storm’s NYC premiership throughout the following year and, less than 12 months later, made his NRL debut on Anzac Day against the Warriors.
Storm Head Coach, Craig Bellamy, was elated with the good news on the eve of another important match against the Penrith Panthers.
“This is another great boost for our club and we are really pleased Duff has committed for three more years,” Bellamy said.
“He is a great kid to coach, he has good pace and can find the try line. Most importantly, he has a strong desire to improve and is willing to learn, which is vital for him to become the player we all believe he can be.
“On the back of last week’s announcements on Slater, Proctor and Hinchcliffe, this result ensures our future roster remains on track, especially the core group of players from the 2009 NYC premiership winning team.”