Two of the form wingers of the competition both happen to be at the Melbourne Storm and in a tremendous boost for both, the speedster duo has re-signed with the club.
Suliasi Vunivalu, the Storm’s flying Fijian, has re-signed until the end of the 2020 season with counterpart Josh Addo-Carr – regarded by many as one of the fastest players in the game – has re-signed until the end of 2020.
For Addo-Carr, it was the club environment and culture itself that prompted him to make the decision to stay.
“It’s pretty exciting for me and my family,” said the speedster.
“I wanted to stay around because it’s been good to me and they bring the best out of me.”
With the duo forming one of the best wing partnerships in the competition, Vunivalu admits that it took a few rounds to click but since then, they have both gone from strength to strength.
“It took us a while to click but we’re getting better now and we know when to get in and find the ball,” said the Fijian winger.
“We just listen to Coops [Cooper Cronk] and Billy [Billy Slater] and go from there.”
Addo-Carr also had a glowing endorsement for his wing counterpart.
“I love playing with him,” said Addo-Carr.
“Every time he touches the ball, he dinks the line and I’m the next person to run after him.
“It’s very good playing with him and I know the next thing he’s going to do.”
To re-sign both their Fijian flyer and the man nicknamed ‘the Fox’ is a tremendous boost for the Storm and Director of Football Frank Ponissi knows how invaluable the duo are.
“Suli and Josh are important to the future of the Melbourne Storm so to have them re-signed for three and four years respectively is fantastic for our Club,” said Ponissi.
“There is hardly a better sight in rugby league than seeing the two of them in full flight at AAMI Park. We are delighted our members and fans can continue to see Josh and Suli showcase their skills.
With the Storm constantly setting the bar high in terms of their achievements, Ponissi wants to see the duo get even better and enjoy a prolonged period of wing dominance.
“It is exciting to have our core group of youngsters commit to remaining in Melbourne,” continued Ponissi.
“The challenge now for our young players is to ensure they put in the hard work to get the most out of their ability and help this Club achieve a sustained period of success.”