They haven’t been at the Melbourne Storm long, just under 12-months in fact, but they have become very popular members of the Club and will leave long lasting legacies after they leave.
Blue-collar props Adam Woolnough and Troy Thompson have both announced their retirement from the game at season’s end, Woolnough to return to play in the local Newcastle league and work in the coal mines, while Thompson may yet stay and live in Melbourne.
With Storm light on for experienced forwards after the departures of Jeff Lima, Aiden Tolman, Brett White and Ryan Hoffman at the end of 2010, and little money in the salary cap to recruit high profile replacements, Storm Head Coach Craig Bellamy went in search of front-rowers with NRL experience looking for a second chance.
Enter Woolnough and Thompson.
But the season isn’t over yet, and Woolnough and Thompson will both play important roles in the coming weeks as Storm embark on yet another finals campaign.
However, once the season is over, and the curtain has been drawn on their careers, both players will be greatly missed at Storm. While they have only been here a short time, everyone at the club is unanimous in saying it was definitely a good time.