The Storm’s injury replacement woes have gone from bad to worse, despite confirmation the club has secured the services of veteran winger David Nofoaluma for the remainder of the 2022 season.
Reports from NewsCorp journalist Brent Read indicate the search is getting frantic as the Storm look to address roster shortages in the middle of the pack and in the outside backs. Despite Nofoaluma’s arrival, Nick Meany suffered a shoulder injury in Friday’s game against the Warriors, adding more strain to the situation, though the middle of the park remains the club's top priority before the deadline.
“They’re still chasing a middle,” Read told Triple M.
“The deadline is a day away, I think we’re going to have a frantic (final hours) for a few clubs.”
“But they’re still searching the NRL for a middle forward, they’ll be frantically hitting phones.”
The Storm are already without Christian Welch and have missed Brandon Smith for multiple weeks following his suspension for dissent, but in better news coach Craig Bellamy revealed he was still holding out hope that Meaney’s injury wasn’t as bad as originally expected.
“He’s done something to his right shoulder but we’re not quite sure what he’s done,” Bellamy said after the Storm’s victory in New Zealand.
“It looked dire when he came off, obviously he had a sling on. But it’s looking a bit better at the moment, they don’t think it’s as bad as they did at the start”.
The Storm’s previous pursuit of an outside-back replacement was dealt multiple blows with clubs rejecting approaches for Reece Walsh, Josh Addo-Carr, Daine Laurie and more, and their search for middle reinforcements has been equally problematic.
It’s believed the Storm may widen their search to include the likes of out-of-favour Parramatta forward Nathan Brown. The Eels enforcer has 137 games of NRL experience, but has only played 13 games this year and is off-contract at the end of 2023.