He had a few teams after him, but it was his current side that prevailed, after five-eighth Gareth Widdop agreed t0 re-sign with the Melbourne Storm for a further two seasons, with the option of a third.
Widdop, who is still only 22, was the first player to come out of the Victorian Rugby League junior system, and play for the Melbourne Storm, after moving to the city when he was 16 from Halifax in England.
Widdop made his debut for both club and country in 2010, and has since cemented his spot in both the Storm line-up, and for England, with strong performances for both teams regularly.
Regarded as a rising star of the football club, Storm coach Craig Bellamy is pleased that Widdop made the decision to remain with the club.
â€œThis is another great announcement for the club, especially the fact that Widdop is a Victorian junior. We are very pleased that Gaz has re-signed,â€ Bellamy said.
â€œGareth is a good kid. His performances through the under-20s confirmed he was a wonderful talent with plenty of potential, supported by a real willingness to learn.
â€œOn the field he continues to show strong improvement, especially with his direction and ability to help guide us around the park.â€
For Widdop himself, he is pleased with the Storm, and content that he is playing for them, but he is focused on the job at hand for his team.
â€œItâ€™s great to be staying with the Melbourne Storm; I love it here. The club has been great to me since I came through their development program as a 16-year-old. This is definitely where I think I can play my best football,â€ Widdop said.
â€œI am very settled down here and Iâ€™ve got a young family (fiancÃ©, Carly, and eight-month old son, Braydon) in Melbourne.
â€œIâ€™m happy with my footy, but I know that there is still plenty of room for improvement to reach my full potential within our team.”