One of their best players to start the season, the Melbourne Storm have been dealt a blow with prop Jordan McLean informing the club that he will depart at season’s end.
Stepping up alongside fellow prop Jesse Bromwich, McLean is a product of the club’s development system and was a member of their premiership winning Holden Cup season in 2009.
Since making his debut in 2013, McLean has played in 69 NRL games to date. The club are disappointed to lose someone of McLean’s calibre.
“We are disappointed Jordan has decided to depart the Club at the end of the season, however we know he will continue to do his best and perform well for the Club and his teammates,” said the Storm’s Director of Football, Jordan McLean.
Wanting to replace James Tamou who left for Penrith in the 2017 pre-season, the North Queensland Cowboys were waiting for the right man and in McLean, they know they have found a special player.
“Jordan’s a wonderful young player who’s come through a very good developmental pathways system at Melbourne, so we know that we’ll be getting both a quality player and a quality person,” said Cowboys General Manager of Football, Peter Parr.
“We have always said we would look to add to our roster in that front row position and we’re thrilled Jordan has agreed to terms from 2018 onwards.”
Whilst he might be leaving at the end of the season, McLean praised the Storm and coach Craig Bellamy for everything they have done in his career to date.
“The Storm has been tremendous for me in terms of my development as a player and as a person,” McLean said.
“They’ve stood by me, and Craig Bellamy (Storm head coach) and his staff have helped me improve my game. Craig handed me my NRL debut and that’s something I’ll treasure always.”