Nicho Hynes was hot property for the 2022 season and it is the Cronulla Sharks that have won the race to sign him. 

Hynes, who is deputising for the injured Ryan Papenhuyzen at the Melbourne Storm and excelling, will depart the club at the end of 2021.

Still only 24, Hynes’ journey to the Storm was his last roll of the dice after he opened up to Matty Johns and told his story.

It was a story that involved depression, anxiety, family – both good and bad elements – before he landed at the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

From there, the rest was history and his efforts and achievements were praised by Storm General Manager of Football Frank Ponissi.

“Nicho came to us on a train and trial contract from the Sunshine Coast Falcons with nothing guaranteed after that and ended up as a NRL premiership player with plenty more great football in front of him,” Ponissi said.

“He has worked hard and has got the rewards.”

Although the Storm would have loved to retain Hynes, the allure of a starting spot and the salary cap meant that was not a possibility.

We would have loved to have been in a position to extend Nicho’s time with Storm, but unfortunately, with his desire for a regular starting spot and the pressures of the salary cap, that hasn’t been possible,” Ponissi continued.

“Nicho is an outstanding footballer, but just as importantly is an outstanding young man who is loved and respected by everyone at Storm.

“We will continue to follow his career and wish him all the best for beyond this season.”

The decision was not an easy one for Hynes to make but he will leave the Storm with happy memories.

“I love the Melbourne Storm and deciding to leave was one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make in my life,” Hynes said.

“The Storm has made me who I am not only on the field but off the field as well. All the coaches and players have not only been great supporters of my rugby league career, but also the journey I’m on in my life.”

Hynes’ time at the club has seen him build nicely towards starting regularly and he remains focused on the rest of 2021.

“The players here at Storm have not only become great teammates, they are great mates as well,” the fullback continued.

“We’re like a group of brothers.

“With this decision now behind me, I’m fully focussed on the rest of the season with Melbourne and hopefully looking towards challenging for another premiership.”

Newly signed Cronulla Sharks utility Nicho Hynes

By ricky

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