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Storm fans will always remember 2018 as the year Nelson Asofa-Solomona became elite.

Heading into this season NAS was given the task of replacing Jordan McLean in Melbourne's starting forward park and he took on the responsibility like he does with his opponents - head on.

Nelson played 24 games this year to post career best numbers in tackle breaks, tackles made and running metres.

His consistency was a standout, particularly in the first half of the season when the team's form was in the contrary it was the 22-year-old big man who provided the steadying hand.

NAS also gave Storm fans the dose of good news they needed to end the year when he announced he signed a five-year contract extension, keeping him in purple until at least the end of 2023.

Games played Tackles made Tackle breaks Running metres Offloads 
 24  501  73  2,270 20