MACKAY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02: Tino Fa'asuamaleaui of the Storm is wrapped up by the Cowboys defence during the NRL Trial match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys on March 02, 2019 in Mackay, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

The 19-year-old has only played two NRL games, but that’s enough for Melbourne to make Tino Fa’asuamaleaui their next signing priority before November 1.

The forward is contracted to the Storm in 2020, but teams can negotiate with him in November for a deal in 2021, although the Storm want him locked down on a long-term deal by then.

In fact, believes Fa’asuamaleaui is “a retention priority”, as the club see him as a leader of their forward pack in the future.

The youngster could see an improved role in 2020 regardless of his contract, given Joe Stimson’s move to Canterbury, and Christian Welch’s likely departure from the club.

Fa’asuamaleaui will be looking to fill the void of the aforementioned pair, meaning his value could go up even further next season if he enters 2020 without a new deal.

It’s not just the Storm who value the young gun so highly, with the Warriors reportedly prepping a three-year, $1.5 million offer for the New South Welshman.

Fa’asuamaleaui has played just 47 minutes for the Storm this season, in wins over the Dragons and Titans.


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