WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28: during the round 12 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the North Queensland Cowboys at WIN Jubilee Stadium on May 28, 2016 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Premiership heavyweights Melbourne have trumped the Titans in the battle for Cowboys youngster Jahrome Hughes.

Hughes has agreed to a two-year deal in a boost for the Storm’s on the eve of their blockbuster against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

Hughes was among the most in-demand rookies in the NRL, attracting interest from five clubs after his outstanding Cowboys debut against the Dragons last month.

Read more at the Courier Mail

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    • Stupid comment – there may well be ~4 (not 6) million people in Melbourne, but they are AFL “MAD” down here – they can get 30,000+ people attend a “training” run in the rain leading into the grand-final, yet there are only less than 20,000 truely rusted on rugby league fans down here (and the truth is that half of them also follow rugby union). We have had at least 3 locals play for us (Fonua, Tonumaipea, and Kennar), so that is pretty good. Are you really expecting Melbourne to field a team of only Melbourn born players??

    • Of the current Melbourne squad, how many players can you name that have played more games for another NRL club than for Melbourne..?

      Finucane and Blair for about another season, then the only sensible answer is Ryan Morgan, who’s ostensibly only ‘on-loan’ from Parramatta. Green lost his way and came from Super League, and was also a punt.

      So if your point is that Melbourne only profit from the endeavours of other clubs, then I’m afraid it’s not a very good point, is it..?

      Bromwich x2, Harris, Proctor, Smith, Slater, Cronk, Kennar, Munster, Chambers, Tonumaipaea, NSA, McLean, Kaufusi, Welch out of the current squad alone…made their name after the Storm took a punt on them. In fact I’d challenge you to name another NRL team with fewer signings of established players from other NRL clubs in it.

  1. i would say they have developed a lot of their own except for the first few years , some cracking kids that have come through their system .

    • Without putting words in bwb67’s mouth – I think the reference was to develop juniors originating from Victoria – the place with a population of 6 Million people.

      How much do they invest in that versus signing kids in other teams ‘systems’??

      • Thank you wazza that is exactly my point!
        I understand all teams buy talent where they need it but it seems not much has been done by them in nearly twenty years to develop a grassroots program, they seem to be more content with being qld’s unofficial 4th team.
        As wazza also pointed out they have the second largest population.

  2. What ever mate Listen it is what you call a eye for talent early Smith, Cronk, Slater, Proctor, 2 Bromwich, Harris, McLean, Hampton, Tonumapea, Kennar, Asofa-Solomona Inglis, Falou, All those players where Signed by Melbourne as there first contact and nearly all went throw juniors in Melbourne some were 13/14 years old name me a team that has done that mate!!!!

  3. By the way massive signings by Melbourne of young talented players it’s a good looking future for us coming up

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