Penrith young gun Sandor Earl will become the second Panther in as many weeks to leave the club following the departure of Timana Tahu, revealing to The Sun-Herald he is preparing to sign a two-year deal with the Melbourne Storm.
Earl is one of 10 Panthers off contract, and with the uncertainty surrounding the futures of many players at the club following the sacking of coach Matthew Elliott and appointment of coaching director Phil Gould, the 21-year-old said he was planning on inking a deal with the Storm within the next fortnight should Penrith fail to come to the table with an offer.
Cronulla have made an offer to the powerful flyer but he said his first preference was to remain at the foot of the mountains.
Earl said cash was not his motivation. ”I’ve got a lot of improvement in me,” he said. ”So I’m not chasing big dollars. I want to play somewhere where I can improve as a player over the next few years and then hopefully I can come out with more first grade under my belt and experience, and then start looking at something a bit more serious. Melbourne’s appealing because of not only everything you hear about it, but if you don’t come out a better player, you come out a rep player. That’s something I want to look to achieve over the next few years, and I guess money will follow that.”
With Beau Champion heading for the Gold Coast, a centre position will be vacant in Melbourne.