Promising playmaker Ben Hampton has agreed to terms with Melbourne Storm for a further two years.
The 22-year old made his first-grade debut against the Gold Coast Titans in Round 15, 2013. He made an instant impact, lining up at fullback and scoring two tries on debut.
After experiencing first-grade football last year, Hampton has made 11 appearances this season, partnering with Cooper Cronk or Ben Roberts in the halves.
Hampton was promoted to Storm’s full time NRL squad in 2012, having come through the Club’s successful development program.
Hailing from Mareeba, North Queensland, the emerging five-eighth has represented Queensland at U15, U16 and U18s level captaining the junior Maroons in the inaugural U20s State of Origin in 2012.
Melbourne Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said the Club was delighted to secure Hampton’s signature.
“We are really pleased Ben has re-committed to the Club,” Ponissi said.
“We rate Ben highly on and off the field. He can play a number of positions and brings a real spark to the team.
“The challenge for Ben, as with all of our talented young players, is to continue to work hard and improve each week at training and on game day.
“There are a key group of our emerging players who have come through the Storm system together and are now developing into very good NRL players; the Club’s future is in good hands.
“Retention is a key focus of any club and we are happy to add Ben to the list of Cameron Smith, Jesse Bromwich, Kevin Proctor, Tohu Harris, Marika Koroibete and Blake Green who have all re-signed or signed with Storm,” Ponissi said.