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Melbourne is home for Young Tonumaipea.

That is what made his decision to re-sign with Storm an easy one.

The Victorian outside back has signed a new deal with the Club that will see him remain in Melbourne until at least the end of 2018 with the option of an additional year to follow.

Be at AAMI Park when we take on the Roosters, Saturday 23 July, 7:30pm.

Tonumaipea is a product of the Club’s development system and the fact he will remain in purple has delighted the 23-year-old.

“I’ve been in talks with the club since the start of the year and it is good to finally seal the deal,” Tonumaipea said.

“Obviously it was a big thing to stay at home where I have my family.

“I havn’t been to any other Club but the culture here is just awesome and to stay here with the caliber of players we have and to learn more was another reason why.

“To go out there and represent Melbourne and my family, I try my best every time I put the purple shirt on.”

Tonumaipea’s versatility has been on full show this season.

After playing the first six games of the year on the wing he shifted to the centres before picking up a knee injury.

His return to the side coincided with a call up to the full back position after an injury to Cameron Munster.

The move has produced impressive results from Tonumaipea who used to play in the No.1 jersey for the Thunderbolts several years ago.

After earning his spot back in the side, the outside back utility will now look ahead to the Knights this Sunday.

Storm currently sit in second spot on the NRL ladder with a 13-3 record.

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