Melbourne Storm has re-signed another one of its rising stars, with exciting outside back Justin O’Neill committing to the club for a further two years.
The speedster’s form this season has raised the eyebrows of Queensland Origin selectors, with the 21-year-old already part of the Queensland Emerging Origin Squad, after playing for the Australian Junior Kangaroos in 2010.
Having fought his way back from an injury interrupted 2011, O’Neill has played an integral part in the team this season, taking his career tally to 28 appearances. One of the many highlights has been several length of field tries, courtesy of his speed and ability to position himself in the right place at the right time.
With several opposition clubs expressing interest in O’Neill, the Hughenden junior had to make a big decision, with the overriding desire to stay with the club that has developed him into a regular NRL player the main factor.
Harris, part of the full time NRL squad, is another player who has successfully come through Storm’s development program after being recruited from New Zealand by the club’s late recruitment manager Darren Bell.
The up-and-coming forward represented the Junior Kiwis squad in 2011, rewarding the Hawk’s Bay junior for a very good year in Dean Pay’s NYC team. After starting the season strongly in NYC, Harris is currently recovering from a knee injury and will be looking to return to the field later this year.