BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 16: Tevita Pangai of the Broncos takes on the defence during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on August 16, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Tevita Pangai-Junior signature is one of the hottest signatures to be secured in the NRL right now, with yet another club wanting to enter the race for the prop.

The Melbourne Storm are currently attempting to move on Sam Kasiano in order to make a play for the Broncos big-hitter, according to The Mole.

When Kasiano first signed on at the Storm, many tipped him to resurrect his career and do big things for the club, but he didn’t live up to that expectation.

Kasiano played 14 games for the Storm in 2018 and only averaged 23 minutes per match, failing to make the impact on the squad coach Craig Bellamy was hoping he could make.

At the age of 28, it seems Kasiano’s best playing years in the NRL could be behind him as he looks to be offloaded to make way for a younger, upcoming forward.

Pangai-Junior is a keen, lean, fit machine who has a bright future ahead of him if he continues with the current form he is in.

The 22-year old is yet to re-sign with the Brisbane Broncos, who are desperately trying to keep him around, meanwhile other rival clubs are beginning to circle just like sharks circling fish.

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The word on the street is Pangai-Junior is most likely to stay at Brisbane, but massive offers from other clubs must be very tempting for the young star, as he is still yet to commit to the club.

Melbourne’s case will be boosted by the fact super coach Craig Bellamy has a brilliant reputation for turning already good forwards into great ones.

This will give Pangai-Junior much to consider when he finally sits down and inks his signature for 2019 and beyond.


  1. TPJ would go great under Bellamy. He needs a bit of discipline, is drone to the odd cheap shoot and gives away a few penalties.

    • “He needs a bit of discipline, is drone to the odd cheap shoot and gives away a few penalties.”

      He picked that up from Adam Blair and Josh McGuire no doubt. I’m surprised the Broncos don’t shed a player to keep him. He has the potential to have as much impact on the game as SBW did but he is somewhere between SBW and Jason Taumalolo in the way he plays IMO.

      I don’t like the idea of him going to the Storm. They are strong enough without him, WITH him they will be a lot more dangerous (especially the way that Bellamy develops players).

      I would love to see him at Souths but now way the Rabbitohs will be getting into a bidding war over the kid. He is a definite talent and a young gun with a big future.

      • but he is the kind of player every club would love to have at their disposal but they will most likely have to shed a player or two to keep him (unless the thoroughbreds chip in some chaff).
        If players do go, then it will be loyal servants like Glenn and possibly McCullough and Devious Darious downgraded.

        • More likely Glenn would get moved on if push came to shove to make room under the cap for TPJ. Word was that they were shopping him around earlier this year. Maybe that wasn’t true, Bennett wouldn’t return my calls so I couldn’t verify that.

          Yeah, they could always cut Darius’s salary in half and he can crash at Dad’s (aka Papa Smurf) if he couldn’t support himself with his diminished finances. But what would happen when Dad is out of a job in 2020? Poor Darius could end up on the streets or following the “old man” like a military brat to another city… AGAIN!

  2. I would dig to see him in Storm colours
    1 Munster
    2 Vunivalu
    3 Chambers
    4 Scott
    5 Addo-Carr
    6 Drinkwater
    7 Croft
    8 Bromwich
    9 Smith
    10 Asofa-Solomona
    11 Kaufusi
    12 Pangai-Junior
    13 Finucane

    14 Smith
    15 Bromwich
    16 Welch
    17 Veta / Stimson

    I would love to see Munster back at full back an Drinky at 6. Croft, Drinkwater and B Smith know each other’s games so could be good

    • Jahrome Hughes at FB (and Munster at 5/8), surely? If you guys don’t want Hughes the Rabbitohs will be happy to take him off your hands.

  3. So……. “Melbourne’s case will be boosted by the fact super coach Craig Bellamy has a brilliant reputation for turning already good forwards into great ones.”……but yet he failed to do this with Kasiano….?…. Bellamy is an other hyped myth….

  4. That’s absolutely right. Kasiano has gone miles backwards at the Storm. From one of the best impact players, off loaders at the Bulldogs. To a player you’d hardly notice at the Storm. Obviously Bellamy & the staff down there have no idea of how to handle Kasiano.
    I think a swap to Manly with Hasler would do Kasiano the world of good.

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