Melbourne has made four changes to their squad ahead of the June 30 deadline, with three players joining the club, and one departing.

The Storm has signed Solomone Kata and Max King while promoting Harry Grant to their top 30 squad, and have released Scott Drinkwater to sign with North Queensland.

Both Kata and King will join the side this week, signing until the end of the 2020 season.

"We are delighted to be able to sign two players of Solomone and Max’s calibre and thank the Warriors and Titans for allowing them to join us before the June 30 deadline," Storm General Manager – Football Frank Ponissi told the club's website.

"We’re also very pleased to promote the Intrust Super Cup’s best player of the past two seasons, Harry Grant, to our top 30 squad.

"Harry has been part of our system for some time and his NRL contract is a great reward for the dedication he has put into improving his game.

Drinkwater moves to the Cowboys on a two-and-a-half year deal, with the 22-year-old making his debut for the Storm last season, before injuring himself ahead of round one earlier this year.

“We were always looking to fill the last spot in our squad with somebody we thought could add significant value,” Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr told

“Scott is a highly accomplished player and has the ability to play multiple positions, which led us to believe he would be an ideal signing for us at this stage of the year.”


  1. Good moves all round. As a Warriors fan I’m glad Kata is gone. He would’ve been on good coin and he wasn’t up to first grade standard. It’s probably a good move for Kata for him to turn his career around and improve as a player, just look at how good Bellamy turns an average outside back into a really good player. Addo-Car was full of potential but not the bestest at the Tigers, Neilson was at one stage an origin centre, plus he helped develop Matt Duffie, Sisa Waqa, Mahe Fonua and others. King should also get more opportunities and develop more at the Storm. Drinkwater looks like a good young talent but he is behind a few other better talents so it’ll be a good chance for him to get some game time and establish himself at a club long term.

  2. Sorry to see drinky go. He had a lot of potential and could have done really well at the Storm had he not had some cruel injuries. I wish him well at the Cowboys, at least he has a better chance at getting some first grade time up there.

  3. Hey Russ, not only do you sound like Woody you are posting the same: three paragraphs in a row, same breaks between words eg …… You also make as much sense as Woody……NONE.

  4. Another possible future Blue’s player. Drinkwater a Central Coast junior. Another great up & coming fullback . Add to the speedsters Tedesco , Turbo Tom, Papenhausen etc. It would be great if he was a future halves prospect for the Blue’s. Still a bit short on them. Though the list of talented backs just gets longer all the time.

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