Melbourne Storm has continued their momentum of re-signings off the field, securing Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi for a further two years.
Ponissi will remain in Melbourne until the end of 2019, which will take his tenure as head of Storm’s football department to 12 years.
Since joining Storm in November of 2007, Ponissi has helped guide Melbourne to eight finals appearances in the last nine years, including four grand finals.
A highly respected administrator across all sports, he has been at the forefront of Storm’s constant pursuit of success.
Ponissi has enjoyed success in both coaching and administration throughout a career that has stretched around the world.
Working with the ARL during the early 1990s he was a part of successful Kangaroos sides before joining the Manly coaching staff that made three consecutive grand final appearances.
After stints as a defensive coach overseas, including a consultancy role with the South African Springboks during the 2003 World Cup, Ponissi joined Storm to head up the Club’s football department.
Melbourne Storm CEO Dave Donaghy said: “We’re thrilled to have Frank continue to head up our Football department beyond 2017.
“Frank has already had a significant impact on the Club over the last nine seasons and has been a major reason behind Storm’s success.
“He is an outstanding football person who is well respected and has strong relationships within our Club and throughout the game.
“Frank has played a key leadership role in both the Club’s football and administration departments, he is someone I respect enormously and he is committed to seeing Melbourne Storm enjoy sustained success.”
In further news, Melbourne Storm have appointed Lachlan Penfold as the Club’s new Director of Performance.
Penfold will bring more than 20 years’ experience in the high performance industry.
He most recently held the role of Head of Physical Performance and Sports Medicine for the Golden State Warriors, helping them to a record-breaking 73-9 regular season record.
Previous to his position with Golden State, Penfold held a similar position of Head of Performance at the Sydney Roosters for three seasons including their Premiership season in 2013.