Matt Duffie
Storm keen to retain players

Boom Melbourne winger Matt Duffie is believed to have asked for two weeks to consider the Storm’s contract offer after a significant bid for him by the Parramatta Eels.

Storm officials are optimistic 20-year-old Duffie, off contract at the end of the season, will accept their offer.

They will give the Kiwi time to weigh up what is believed to be a bigger offer from the Eels, where former Storm assistant coach Stephen Kearney is in charge.

Duffie is also close to Kearney’s assistant Brad Arthur, who coached him in the Storm’s 2009 under-20s premiership-winning team.

In the Storm’s favour is Duffie’s relationship with their players, particularly housemate and fellow winger Justin O’Neill, who re-signed with the Storm last season.

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Duffie is back in full training after a shoulder injury.

Storm officials hope to know soon if Kiwi international Adam Blair will re-sign. He is believed to have attracted interest from Wests Tigers and the Sydney Roosters.

Coach Craig Bellamy and Storm players and officials have told Blair how important he is to the club.

Negotiations are said to be “progressing positively” with 2010 player of the year Ryan Hinchcliffe and back-rower Kevin Proctor.

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