Maurice Blair
One-year extension

The Melbourne Storm continues to build an impressive playing list, with Maurice Blair the latest to commit to the club for another year with an additional year option.

Blair, 26, has been one of the competition’s most improved players in 2011, cementing his spot in the Storm starting team since debuting for the club against the Broncos in Round 9.

Blair made the move to Melbourne at the end of 2010 after 48 NRL appearances for the Penrith Panthers. He has worked extremely hard since arriving last November and, under the tutelage of Craig Bellamy’s football program, the powerful backline strike weapon has produced career-best football.

Upon the announcement of Blair’s news, the Storm are also celebrating the re-signings of key players Bryan Norrie, Rory Kostjasyn and Sisa Waqa. All three have extended their contract for another season with an additional optional year, adding significant depth to the Storm list for 2012.