Melbourne Storm is lighting up the NRL on and off the field with the Club today achieving one of its most significant milestones in the Club’s history – reaching its goal of 20,000 members.

The purple army is now in record numbers as the team returns to AAMI Park on Saturday night for its Round 18 clash against Parramatta Eels seeking to maintain its lead on top of the NRL ladder.

As part of the milestone, more than 5,000 new members have joined the Storm family in 2017, which sees Storm jump from ninth on the NRL membership ladder to fourth – only behind the Broncos, Rabbitohs and Eels.

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Melbourne Storm CEO Dave Donaghy said, “This is a significant achievement for our Club. 20,000 was a bold target to set and everyone associated with the Club has played a part in us reaching this milestone.

“We’ve seen a growth of 19% this year, well above the NRL average of 4%. A significant part of this growth has come from Victoria, as well as Queensland and NSW showing the passion, loyalty and love for the Club across the country.

“It’s been a tremendous team effort to get here, the players are playing their part with their on-field performances, we have a hard working administration staff and incredible support from our members.”

Melbourne Storm’s 2017 home game average of 19,819 is also the highest in the Club’s history, continuing to prove Storm’s standing in Melbourne’s sporting landscape.

Storm fans will be given another exciting glimpse into the future on Saturday night against the Eels with the Club’s young guns are again set to take centre stage.

In the past month has seen the Club involved in two thrilling one point contests as well as last week’s 42-12 defeat of the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

Melbourne’s brightest young stars will be on show when the side hosts the Parramatta Eels 7.30pm Saturday at AAMI Park.