With the need to strengthen their forward pack in light of several departures, the Melbourne Storm have signed Canterbury Bulldogs forward Sam Kasiano and re-signed hulking forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona.
The deals will see Asofa-Solomona remain at the Storm until the end of the 2019 season and Kasiano will be a Storm player until the end of the 2020 season, signing a 3-year deal.
Since debuting in 2015, the man nicknamed NAS has forged a reputation as a strong, skillful forward, who has performed consistently.
Knowing how talented he is, the club are pleased to have retained him moving forward.
“Nelson has so much potential and we are delighted he has chosen to remain with us in Melbourne,” said the Storm’s Director of Football, Frank Ponissi.
“He came here as a 17-year-old so to see him make this city his home and develop in the manner he has is a great testament to him and our coaches and staff who have worked closely with him.
“We are confident that Nelson will continue to apply himself to make sure he makes the most of the enormous potential he has. It is fantastic for all our fans who will now be able to watch him take that next step in his career.
It is fantastic for all our fans who will now be able to watch him take that next step in his career.”
The club is equally pleased with the addition of Kasiano who will give the Storm pack some extra size.
“Sam is an experienced and skilful front rower who we believe can add a different dimension to our team,” said Ponissi.
“We are very happy with how our pack has developed in recent seasons and signing a player of Sam’s quality will only help us continue to improve as a football team.
“We were very impressed with Sam’s enthusiasm and excitement to come to the Melbourne Storm and we are looking forward to welcoming Sam and his family to the Club in November.”