Nelson Asofa-Solomona endured plenty of hard-luck in his second NRL season but showed moments of brilliance that will excite Storm fans for the future.

The Junior Kiwi came off the bench for all 15 games, averaging 27 minutes of playing time – a number that will no doubt increase in 2017.

He came into the side in Round 5 against Newcastle and built himself into a mainstay in Craig Bellamy’s side, playing 11 consecutive games before a knee injury sidelined him for five weeks.

Asofa-Solomona continued to provide a powerful impact off the bench for Melbourne despite a disrupted end to the season with two one-week suspensions.

The 20-year-old experienced another cruel dose of luck when his season was ended the week before the Preliminary final after dislocating his elbow at training.

He averaged 10.6 metres per run and recorded 20 offloads, ranking him fourth at the Club.

With two years first-grade experience and another pre-season under his belt, the 202cm and 115kg youngster will enter the 2017 season ready to permanently make his mark.

Name

Games

Runs

Metres

Tackles

Offloads

Nelson Asofa-Solomona

15

122

1297

231

20

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