ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 28: Ryan Papenhuyzen of the Storm heads for the try line to score during the round 15 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Melbourne Storm at Adelaide Oval on June 28, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Melbourne is ready to throw the cheque book at young gun Ryan Papenhuyzen with an upgraded, long-term deal to fend off all NRL rivals. understands the Storm are preparing a three-to-four year deal for Papenhuyzen, making him their number 1 priority.

Papenhuyzen's rise into the spotlight has attracted the attention of numerous NRL clubs, with the Wests Tigers leading the way with their interest.

Melbourne officials started contract extension talks with the gun fullback a few weeks ago, and will meet once more with Papenhuyzen's agent Clinton Schifcofske in the days after Saturday's final against Canberra to hopefully finish off a deal.

Melbourne is hoping to have his new deal sealed by November 1.

There have been no official statements made by the Storm in regards to Papenhuyzen's future.

Papenhuyzen is currently earning under $200,000 and is one of the best value for money players this season and the Storm are aware of his increasing market value, prompting the Storm to match the value with a hefty pay increase.

His recent form has certainly showcased his talent, with five tries from six appearances at fullback, with an average of seven tackle busts and 225 running metres to boot.


  1. Hopefully this news is true. Papenhuyzen should not destroy his career by joining 2nd grade teams such as Tigers, Titans, etc just for the sake of money.

  2. The Tigers showed their short sightedness in letting him go in the first place. Hopefully a good finals run and a premiership ring will clear his thoughts on where he needs to play his football.

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