Regarded by many as one of the most destructive forwards in the NRL, the code has won one over rugby union, with Nelson Asofa-Solomona signing a new long-term deal with the Melbourne Storm.
The four-year contract extension is an added boost for a Storm side that has lost plenty of experience in their forward pack in the last eighteen months.
Since debuting for the club in 2015, Asofa-Solomona has played in 167 NRL games, won two grand finals and represented the New Zealand Kiwis on 12 occasions.
Asofa-Solomona is a player destined to produce further impact for the Storm as Chairman Matt Tripp praised his efforts for the club to date.
“Nelson already has a tremendous record of achievement here at Storm and we’re sure he will continue to build on that over the coming years,” Tripp said.
“He’s in the prime of his career and is embracing his new role as one of the leaders of our forward pack.“
The Storm are hopeful that this new deal is one that can see Asofa-Solomona remain a one-club player.
“We hope Nelson will be a one-club player with Storm,” Tripp continued.
“This new contract will go a long way to helping to achieve that aim as he progresses towards and beyond the 200-game milestone.