The Storm had high hopes for Chambers, some considering him to be the next Greg Inglis in terms of talent. Still only 20, Chambers struggled with injuries in 2008 which didn’t allow him to take the major steps forward he wanted to.
It’s believed the Storm probably didn’t have the money in their arsenal to make a serious play for Chambers, given their salary cap is already stretched to the limit.
More than likely lining up as an outside centre in the Queensland Reds backline, the Reds will now have some quality talent in their side that will push hard for finals inclusion in 2010.
Originating from the Northern Territory, Chambers was schoolboy rugby rep and played with Queensland star Quade Cooper several years ago. The pair set to reunite next year in what should be a dynamic partnership for the Reds.
Chambers has developed nicely during his 3 year apprenticeship at the Storm and making the Queensland Under-19s league team and challenging some of the bigger names at the Storm for first grade positioning.
“Will spoke to us some time ago about playing rugby again and in subsequent discussions convinced us that he had a genuine desire to play for the Reds after enjoying the game as a representative schoolboy at Nudgee College in Brisbane,” said Reds high-performance manager Ben Whitaker.
The Chambers move may have been another reason behind Craig Bellamy and the Storm pushing Greg Inglis back to the edges to sure up their centre ranks for next year.