Melbourne Storm 2017 Preview

  • Signings & Losses
  • Player Rankings
  • Strongest 17
  • Close Results Record
  • The Professor’s Prediction
  • Your Prediction

 

Signings & Losses

Losses: Kevin Proctor (Gold Coast – SR), Blake Green (Manly – FE), Marika Koroibete (Union – W), Ben Hampton (North Queensland – C), Ryan Morgan (ESL – C), Richard Kennar (Canterbury – C), Matt White (QLD Cup – P)

The strongest side throughout 2016 losses some great talent. The New Zealand representative second-row partnership is broken with Proctor moving back to where he grew up on the Gold Coast. The blow will be softened with Asofa-Solomona showing great potential last season. Blake Green was the perfect compliment to Cronk and can take some kudos for his Dally M Medal. It’s yet to be seen who will replace him with up to 4 players in the running. Koroibete’s speed and power will be missed although his speed will more than be replaced by perhaps the fastest man in the NRL in Addo-Carr. Hampton moves up north after fulfilling the utility role for the Storm over many years.

Signings: Josh Addo-Carr (Wests – W), Vincent Leuluai (Sydney – SR), Jahrome Hughes (North Queensland – FB)

As usual, the Storm has invested their money in youngsters with little cap space to move. Addo-Carr carries the biggest name of the recruits after bursting on the scene in 2016. He will slot straight onto the wing and establish himself as one of the top finishers. Leuluai also debuted in 2016 with 2 games for the Roosters before injury cut short his season. His debut game alone showed enormous potential and the Storm pounced immediately. Should find himself a regular bench spot. Hughes, like the others, got his chance over the State of Origin period in the fullback role and performed admiralty. He will again struggle to find a spot in the 1st-grade squad but with his versatility across the back line, he will play more than once.

 

Player Rankings

Player Age 2016 Position 2016 Games Played 2016 Position Rank
Cheyse Blair 25 C 17 10
Will Chambers 29 C 17 40
Curtis Scott 20 C 2 52
Jeremy Hawkins 24 C DNP DNP
Shem Tatupu 22 C DNP DNP
Cameron Munster 23 FB 24 3
Billy Slater 34 FB 1 4
Jahrome Hughes 23 FB 1 13
Cooper Cronk 34 HB 26 4
Brodie Croft 20 HB 1 16
Ryley Jack 25 HB DNP DNP
Cameron Smith 34 HK 26 1
Brandon Smith 21 HK DNP DNP
Jake Turpin 21 HK DNP DNP
Dale Finucane 26 LK 27 8
Slade Griffin 26 LK 1 26
Jesse Bromwich 28 P 27 4
Jordan McLean 26 P 21 40
Tim Glasby 28 P 22 51
Felise Kaufusi 25 P 21 75
Christian Welch 23 P 17 90
Mark Nicholls 27 P DNP DNP
Charlie Galo 21 P DNP DNP
Tohu Harris 25 SR 27 3
Kenneath Bromwich 26 SR 27 35
Nelson Asofa-Solomona 21 SR 15 43
Vincent Leuluai 22 SR 2 82
Dean Britt 23 SR DNP DNP
Joe Stimson 22 SR DNP DNP
Tui Kamikamica 23 SR DNP DNP
Suliasi Vunivalu 22 W 21 7
Josh Addo-Carr 22 W 9 12
Young Tonumaipea 25 W 12 51
Justin Olam 24 W DNP DNP

Strongest 17

1. Billy Slater
2. Suliasi Vunivalu
3. Cheyse Blair
4. Will Chambers
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Cameron Munster
7. Cooper Cronk
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Cameron Smith
10. Jordan McLean
11. Kenneath Bromwich
12. Tohu Harris
13. Dale Finucane

BENCH
14. Tim Glasby
15. Felise Kaufusi
16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
17. Vincent Leuluai

 

Close Results Record

Wins: 6
Losses: 1

The Professor’s Prediction

Verdict – 1st

Your Prediction

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