Regarded by many as the best prop in the game at present, the tremendous news for the Melbourne Storm club and its fans this morning is that Jesse Bromwich has signed a new long-term deal with the club.
Although he is currently injured with a dislocated thumb, the deal has been sorted with the Kiwi international to remain with the club for a further three seasons and with an option of a further two seasons.
A focal point of the Storm’s go-forward in attack, Bromwich has dominated the NRL in recent years and his form has been remarkable, capped off by winning the club’s Player of the Year Award for three years straight.
Since graduating from the club’s development program in 2009, Bromwich has gone on to play in 160 NRL games for the club, a tally expected to rise as the years go by.
In the club’s leadership group at present, Bromwich is billed as the next captain of the Storm side and had the opportunity to captain his country very recently.
The club, as you would expect, know how important he is to the side and are ecstatic to have retained him.
“To have Jesse commit to a three-year deal to is an enormous statement both the short-term and long-term future of the Club,” said the Storm’s Director of Football, Frank Ponissi.
“His hard work and commitment has seen him develop into the best front rower in the NRL and we look forward to seeing him continue at the high level he has set, while also helping to develop the younger players around him.
“Jesse is an extremely respected and highly valued player at Melbourne Storm and he is a genuine leader at the Club. More importantly, Jesse is a quality person and we are delighted that he, Lezyola, Eli and Isaac will continue to call Melbourne home.”
Also pleased was club CEO Dave Donaghy.
“Jesse has a key role to play on and off the field – we are delighted,” he said.
“We can really build around him now. It’s not just on the field side, it’s off the field leadership as well.”
The decision was an easy one for the man himself who could not envisage himself at any other club.
“I couldn’t really see myself leaving,” the Kiwi international said.
“I feel very lucky. This club means everything to me,” he added.
As the club slowly starts to transition away from their big 3, Bromwich will become one of the key players of the side and he knows that retaining their current group moving forward is the key.
“It’s definitely exciting times at our Club. Hopefully, the youngsters can learn a lot in the next few years,” Bromwich said.
“Hopefully, we can keep as many of the boys as we can. We’ve got a special group here at the moment.”
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