It would have been easy to follow the money and leave but Jahrome Hughes has opted to remain with the Melbourne Storm.
With a number of clubs reportedly interested, Hughes’ new deal will run until the end of the 2024 season.
Joining the club in 2017, Hughes has transformed his style and position, to become a key half of the club and of the NRL.
A key figure in Melbourne’s spine and in the club’s grand final victory in 2020, the re-signing of Hughes is an asset in the eyes of the club.
“Having Jahrome re-sign with us today is a real boost for Storm as we head into the new season,” General Manager of Football Frank Ponissi said.
“He came to us having played just four NRL games in two seasons, but he has worked extremely hard on his game, with the assistance of our coaching staff, and fully deserves the rewards which have come his way.”
Hughes, who started out as a fullback, was praised by Ponissi for the successful transition he made to halfback.
“His switch from fullback to halfback has proved to be an outstanding success and we expect there is still plenty of improvement ahead of him,” Ponissi continued.
“We have also included Jahrome in our Emerging Leadership group in the past two seasons which is another indication of how highly regarded he is here at Storm.”