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Melbourne Storm on Monday granted Matthew Lodge an immediate release from his contract.

Lodge, who has played predominantly in the NYC competition this year, was contracted to the Storm until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old prop will return to Sydney where he will link with the Wests Tigers.

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.