Dogs back-rower heads South to Melbourne

Dale Finucane

There are some Dogs fans that are against the move but it is now done and dusted, with utility forward Dale Finucane to join the Melbourne Storm from 2015.

The deal will see Finucane remain in the Victorian capital for three seasons and since he made his debut in mid-2012, the forward has played in 66 NRL games.

A country boy at heart from Bega, NSW, Finucane adds some punch to the Storm pack, especially after the departure of veteran Ryan Hoffman.

With several other forwards moving on as well or retiring, the club are pleased to have secured someone like Finucane within their ranks.

“After losing Bryan Norrie to retirement, we’ve been on the look-out for a player that can make an immediate impact in the middle,” said Storm coach, Craig Bellamy.

“Dale is an ideal replacement and the type of player we like at Storm. We actually spoke to him a few years ago about a potential move so I’m glad he’s finally made the decision to join us.”

For the man himself, it is a new challenge and one that he looks forward to.

“It was a difficult decision to leave the Bulldogs,” said Finucane.

“They’ve been a tremendous Club but I’m delighted I can continue my career with Melbourne Storm.

“It’s a new challenge for me and I’m looking forward to learning more from Craig and meeting my new teammates in the New Year.”

The Bulldogs would have liked to have retained him but know that Finucane was after more game time.

“Dale has been an important contributor to the Club over six years and whilst we are sad to see him leave, we are supportive of his desire to secure more game time,” Chief Executive Raelene Castle said.

“I know that the staff, fans and all of Dale’s team mates, will join me in wishing him all the best for the future.”

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