The decision went back and forth. The Canberra Raiders were favourites at one point and then the Melbourne Storm were favourites to retain him.
Eventually, it was the Storm who won the race, re-signing Kiwi back-rower Kevin Proctor on a new four-year deal.
The Raiders chased hard for Proctor and it would have added to their already impressive signing of fullback James Tedesco but it was ultimately the Storm that won the race.
Playing in 114 games so far – all with the Storm – the 25-year old has enjoyed success with the club, winning both and NYC premiership and an NRL premiership.
Once his deal is complete, he will have been with the Storm for 10 years, having made his debut in 2008.
With the club showing immense loyalty to him, Proctor wanted to return the favour and show the club some loyalty.
â€œIâ€™ve invested a lot of time into the Club and agreeing to terms is about me showing my appreciation to Melbourne Storm and repaying the loyalty they have shown me in the seven years I have been here,â€ Proctor said.
â€œMy heart is with Melbourne, this is home for me and it wouldâ€™ve felt weird to picture myself leaving the Club.
â€œIn weighing up the decision, I just knew I would be happier here and you canâ€™t put a price on happiness.â€
Not only is the player happy, so too is the club. With their hard work and time invested into Proctor, they are pleased to see him remain with the club.
â€œWe understand the big decision Kevin had to make and we are absolutely thrilled he and his partner Leesa will be calling Melbourne home for a further four years. They are both popular members of the Storm family,â€ Ponissi said.
â€œKevin has been at our Club since leaving school seven years ago and during this time he has developed into an important senior player and leader.
â€œAs well as being an integral part of the team, Kevin is extremely popular with his teammates, staff and supporters.â€