Storm announce 2018 leadership group

Tim Glasby has been promoted to the six-man senior leadership group for 2018, joining captain Cameron Smith, Jesse Bromwich, Billy Slater, Will Chambers and Dale Finucane.

It is a terrific reward for the 28-year-old forward after several seasons as part of the Club’s Emerging leaders group.

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Glasby enjoyed an outstanding 2017 that culminated in a Premiership triumph with Storm and State of Origin debut and series win with Queensland.

Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said the promotion was a deserving chapter to add to Glasby’s inspirational journey:

“We are delighted to have Tim Glasby join the senior leadership group, it is a great honour for Tim who has worked incredibly hard to get to where he is today.

“Tim was recruited from the Queensland Cup and came to Melbourne with no promises. Over the last five seasons not only has he cemented his place in first grade but can now call himself an Origin player.

“Tim’s story is a great inspiration for our younger players who are looking to build their careers in Melbourne.”

The Club has also unveiled a new-look Emerging leadership group.

Kenny Bromwich remains part of the six-man group and is this year joined by Cheyse Blair, Curtis Scott, Josh Addo-Carr, Christian Welch and Joe Stimson.

Returning champion Ryan Hoffman will work closely with the emerging leaders alongside Storm Leadership coach Nick Maxwell.

Maxwell is entering his fourth season working with Storm since the Emerging leaders initiative was first introduced at the Club in 2015 – aimed at developing the next generation of players to drive the Storm standards into the future.

The six-players included for this year have all shown promise to become a senior leader down the road.

“Our emerging leaders this year have earned the right to step up and develop leadership skills that are going to take our team into the future,” Ponissi said.

“Players such as Curtis Scott, Josh Addo-Carr and Joe Stimson, while still only just starting out their careers, have shown terrific leadership potential.

“To have Ryan Hoffman back this year in a terrific boost for us on the field but also off the field as well, working with these younger players alongside Nick Maxwell. Our Emerging leaders program has been extremely successful in ushering in current senior leaders such as Dale Finucane, Will Chambers and Jesse Bromwich.”

“It is an exciting stage for our Club as we look to mould the next generation of Storm leaders.”