After announcing long-term deals for centre Cheyse Blair, fullback Jahrome Hughes, halfback Brodie Croft and hooker Brandon Smith yesterday, you could have been forgiven for thinking that the Storm were done with the re-signings for a little while. To the contrary; it appears they’re just getting started.
According to the Herald Sun, the Storm have already commenced negotiations for their next wave of extensions: with winger Josh Addo-Carr, forward Felise Kaufusi, centre Curtis Scott, and winger Suliasi Vunivalu.
“We haven’t finished yet,” said Storm football director Frank Ponissi. “There is a number of others we have identified.”
“You’d like to avoid them being in the last year of their contract, both for player and club, we don’t think it’s healthy – especially the younger players.”
All of the players listed would command plenty of attention on the open market, with only Addo-Carr currently under contract for 2019.
If Monday’s re-signings were intended to secure the long term replacements for Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith, this next group will be critical to ensuring that that transition goes as smoothly as possible.