Melbourne Storm winger Marika Koroibete has this morning advised the Club and his teammates that he has accepted an offer to play rugby union for the next two years from 2017.
Koroibete joined Storm as a mid-year signing in 2014 from Wests Tigers where he was playing reserve grade.
He has played 57 NRL games, 41 of those for Storm and has scored 27 tries for the Club.
Koroibete said it was an extremely tough decision to make.
“It was a very hard decision to make to leave Storm, but it’s a great opportunity for my young family here in Melbourne and my family back home in Fiji.
“While I have made the decision about next year, my focus is on finishing here at Storm in the best way, it’s a tight group of players and hopefully we can have a good rest of the season. I am very excited about what we can do this season,” Koroibete said.
Melbourne Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said, “We are very disappointed and sad to see Marika go, he has made an enormous impact at the Club since he arrived in 2014.
“He is very popular amongst our players and affectionately known as the Flying Fijian amongst fans. We totally understand though this was a very tough decision for him and he has made it in the best interests of his partner Emma and young son Iliesa.
“We wish Marika and his family all the best and they are always welcome back at Melbourne Storm, we know his focus will be on finishing in the best possible way with the Club for the rest of the 2016 season.”