Melbourne Storm has finalised its 2018 playing squad ahead of the first group of players starting pre-season training in the first week of November.
Storm today confirmed Sandor Earl, Billy Walters, Harry Grant, Lachlan Timm, Louis Geraghty, Cooper Johns, Sale Finau, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, Kayleb Milne and Junior Ratuvu have all signed with the Club for the 2018 season.
Melbourne Storm Head Coach Craig Bellamy said; “While it feels like the season has only just ended, I’m looking forward to pre-season starting with our new group of players with our squad now finalised.
“As a Club we’re proud that this group of signings includes four players who have come through our development system in Harry, Lachlan, Louis and Sale, who have worked hard to be given an opportunity to be part of our fulltime program in Melbourne.
“We’re excited by the new faces, including some well-known rugby league names, who will start training in the first group.
“One of those is Sandor, who has taken responsibility for his mistake in judgement and will be a good addition to our team.
“While he has been sidelined he has maintained his fitness levels to a high level. Anyone that is prepared to put in the work after what he has been through deserves a second chance.”
Walters, Grant, Timm, Geraghty, Johns, Finau, Fa’asuamaleaui, Milne and Ratuvu will form part of the Club’s Development List.
With the end of the NYC competition, the new NRL contract system allows for a Top 30 instead of the previous Top 25 with each club to have a Development List of players.
The exciting group of talented youngsters will train with the NRL squad and most likely play with Storm’s Feeder teams Brisbane Easts and Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Intrust Super Cup or State U20s competition.
Also joining this group are Sam Kasiano, Ryan Papenhuyzen and Patrick Kaufusi, whose signings have already been announced.