CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15: Ben Hampton of the Storm shows his dejection during the round 23 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Melbourne Storm at GIO Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Melbourne Storm has announced a number of changes to its playing squad for the 2017 season.

It has been confirmed that a total of eight players will depart the Club in the off-season; Blake Green, Marika Koroibete, Ben Hampton, Ryan Morgan, Richie Kennar, Tony Tumusa, Francis Tualau and Matt White.

Green will leave Melbourne after two consistent years for Storm that saw him play 50 games in the purple jersey, scoring 10 tries and forming a strong halves pairing alongside Cooper Cronk.

Koroibete played 58 electrifying games for the Club as the human highlight real built himself into a fan favourite. The Fijian Flyer arrived at Storm midway through 2014 and instantly announced himself with four tries in his first five games before going on to score a further 29 over the next two seasons.

Hampton and Kennar will also look to continue their careers elsewhere after both entering the NRL system through the Storm development program.

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Hampton played 36 games over four seasons, 20 of which were in 2016 as he came primarily off the bench in a utility role. Kennar managed six games in two seasons for Melbourne and was unlucky to not play more first-grade football in 2016 due to injury.

After playing one season with Storm, Morgan and White will depart. Morgan played only eight games for the Club but it was enough to endear himself to the purple faithful with his hard-nosed defensive approach while White made three appearances.

Thunderbolts products Tualau and Tumusa will also leave Melbourne. Despite not making a first-grade appearance the pair were important players for feeder sides Easts Tigers and Sunshine Coast Falcons respectively.

Melbourne Storm 2017 Player Movements

2017 Gains
Josh Addo-Carr (Wests Tigers, 2021), Jesse Arthars (2019), Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (2018), Sale Finau (2018), Louis Geraghty (2018), Harry Grant (2018), Jahrome Hughes (North Queensland Cowboys, 2021), Ryley Jacks (2019), Vincent Leuluai (Mid Season: Sydney Roosters, 2018), Nate Myles (Manly Sea Eagles, 2017), Justin Olam (2020), Robbie Rochow (Newcastle Knights, 2019), Brandon Smith (North Queensland Cowboys, 2022)
2017 Losses
Blake Green (Manly Sea Eagles), Ben Hampton (North Queensland Cowboys), Richard Kennar (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Josh Kerr (St George Illawarra Dragons), Marika Koroibete (rugby union), Ryan Morgan (St Helens RLFC), Kevin Proctor (Gold Coast Titans), Francis Tualau (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Nelson Asofa-Solomona (2023), Cheyse Blair (2020), Kenneath Bromwich (2020), Brodie Croft (2020), Cooper Cronk (2019), Tim Glasby (2021), Slade Griffin (2019), Felise Kaufusi (2022), Cameron Munster (2019), Mark Nicholls (2019), Young Tonumaipea (2018), Christian Welch (2019)
Off Contract 2019
Patrick Kaufusi, Cameron Munster, Joe Stimson, Christian Welch
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  1. They have Bellamy , Smith , Cronk and slater ,,, if you look at there history they are the bench mark , Manly did well keeping up with them for a while but Melb excell , and now there showing the rugby league world they can breed there own juniors ,hate the Mexicans HATE but there stats are awesome

    • Storm will do well without those blokes there issue next season will be depth but I imagine Bellamy knows what his doing. All honestly you talk about Melbourne being the benchmark you can’t not bring up the Bulldogs they have been crazy this last decade

  2. the longer the so called ex-big 3 play the worse storm will go .. time for a change no more top 4 for them …believe that

    • Believe this ,yeah you have a valid point , however these 3 will remain in the Storm system and simply roll along , like you I’ve waited for the storm bubble to burst but they know exactly what there doin and since there inception have been a class act ,,, hate Mexicans

  3. I’m curious to see how green goes not being in the storm system, doesn’t look promising for him at manly.

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