Melbourne Storm have secured the signatures of exciting forward prospects Dean Britt and Joe Stimson today.
Britt has agreed to a two year deal after spending his first season on the Club's NRL list in 2015 while current U20 Thunderbolts captain Joe Stimson has also agreed to terms for two years and will graduate into Storm's first-grade next year.
Melbourne Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said the Club was delighted to have retained the pair.
"Both Dean and Joe are talented young prospects who have fitted into the club well after coming through our development system. We are excited by the next generation of talent we have for 2016," Ponissi said.
Also a former U20 Thunderbolt, Britt featured in 14 games for Melbourne's feeder side Easts Tigers in 2015 helping push them into Intrust Super Cup finals contention before the 21-year old's first season of senior football was cut short last month due to shoulder surgery.
The son of former Wests and Canterbury 200-game forward Darren Britt produced two consistent years of football with Melbourne during his time in the NYC Cup which lead to representative honours with NSW's U20 Origin side in both seasons.
Stimson was the Thunderbolts' best forward in 2014 and has lead the Storm U20 side this year, also stepping up to reserve-grade level on occasion featuring three times for Storm feeder side Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Intrust Super Cup.
The 19-year old spent time training with the Club's senior players during pre-season and was rewarded for his performances in the NYC earlier in the year, earning selection in the triumphant U20s Blues side who defeated Queensland in July.
Stimson completed his schooling at St. Gregory's College in Campbelltown, the same school as former Storm 200-gamer Ryan Hoffman and played his junior football with the Temora Dragons, current Storm forward Ryan Hinchcliffe's former club.