during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on September 22, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

The Melbourne Storm have confirmed a number of players who will not be with the club next season.

The club has posted a tribute to the departing players on their website, acknowledging their achievements and contributions.

It’s been well publicised that 2017 would Cooper Cronk’s final season with the Storm, with the halfback moving to Sydney to be with his fiancee and Fox Sports presenter Tara Rushton.

Currently, it’s unknown if Cronk will continue to play on in 2018 but there have been strong rumours linking him to the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs.

2018 also sees a number of players leaving Melbourne for opportunities at new clubs. The departures of Slade Griffin (Newcastle Knights), Tohu Harris (New Zealand Warriors), Jordan McLean (North Queensland Cowboys) and Robbie Rochow (Wests Tigers) have all been announced earlier in the season.

The club has also confirmed that Jeremy Hawkins, Mark Nicholls, Jake Turpin and Charlie Galo will not be returning in 2018.

Nate Myles was not mentioned in the tribute for the departing players but is currently off contract suggesting he might be re-signed by the club in the near future.

Storm 2020 Player Movements

2020 Gains
Ryley Jacks (Gold Coast Titans, 2020), Kelma Tuilagai (2020)
2020 Losses
Cheyse Blair (Castleford Tigers), Will Chambers (released), Brodie Croft (Brisbane Broncos), Scott Drinkwater (North Queensland Cowboys), Solomone Kata (rugby union), Patrick Kaufusi (released), Kayleb Milne (Cronulla Sharks), Curtis Scott (Canberra Raiders), Joe Stimson (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Billy Walters (Wests Tigers)
Cameron Munster (2023), Albert Vete (2021), Christian Welch (2020)
Off Contract 2020
Sandor Earl, Tom Eisenhuth, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, Ryley Jacks, Cooper Johns, Justin Olam, Darryn Schonig, Marion Seve, Cameron Smith, Christian Welch