Heading into this year with two seasons and 31 games of promise under his belt, Asofa-Solomona well and truly delivered on his potential in 2017.

The 21-year-old missed just one game all season as he became an invaluable asset for Craig Bellamy on the bench.

He played five minutes more per game than he did last year whilst averaging more tackles and more tackle busts.

In Round 26 he played his 50th NRL game against the Raiders.

One of the highlights of the season came in Round 24 when Asofa-Solomona broke through the Newcastle line and showcased some fancy footwork before slamming the ball down under the posts.

The hard work he has put in with forwards coach Jason Ryles is now beginning to pay off. His breakout season has been recognised with a debut call up to the New Zealand side for the end of season Rugby League World Cup.

The Wellington-born prop now happily calls Melbourne home after signing a new deal to remain in Victoria until at least the end of the 2019 season.

With the departure of Jordan McLean there is no doubt Asofa-Solomona will be eyeing off that vacant starting spot in the Storm pack. He will now set his sights on taking the next step in his development to ensure he sees even playing time next year.

Games played

Tries scored

Metres gained

Offloads

Tackle busts

26

4

2163

21

70

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