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Off-Season wrap!

A coaching reshuffle, contract extensions for several key players, weddings, travel and a fresh logo made for a busy off-season at AAMI Park. Here's what you might have missed.

 

 
 
 
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Drinky, NAS, Hughesy, Justin & Kayleb have all recommitted to the club ✍️ #TheFuture #MelbourneProud

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Storm sign five for the future

October 5
Several key players signed contract extensions during the break and it kicked off with the re-signing of five players early in October; Nelson Asofa-Solomona (until the end of 2023), Jahrome Hughes (2021), Scott Drinkwater, Justin Olam and Kayleb Milne (2020).

 

Football department restructure

October 5
Assistant coach Jason Ryles was promoted to Senior Assistant Coach, while development coach Marc Brentnall was promoted to Assistant Coach.
Aaron Bellamy was re-appointed as one of two development coaches, joined by retired premiership player Ryan Hinchcliffe – stepping in to the role after three years with Super League club Huddersfield Giants.
All four coaches signed for three years, in line with the contract Head Coach Craig Bellamy signed in June.

 

 
 
 
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‪New code, new colours 👌🏼‬

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Slater joins the Saints

October 11
Retired Storm legend Billy Slater joined the St Kilda Football Club in a leadership role. He will share his wisdom with the Saints playing group to develop the club's next generation of leaders.
He will continue to don the purple in a similar leadership role.

 

Launch into new era

October 17
The club unveiled a new logo ahead of the 2019 season – a natural evolution of last year's 20-year brandmark.
Featuring the club's trademark purple - now accompanied by navy and grey - the iconic Storm Man and lightning bolt remain.
The fresh logo will feature on this year's apparel and at Storm's AAMI Park headquarters.

 

 
 
 
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@talialuanaphotography thanks for capturing our day ❤️🤙🏽

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Two weddings and an engagement

October 28
Dale Finucane married his partner Maddelyn in late October, describing his wedding as the "most special" day of his life, while in early November Patrick Kaufusi married his partner Amy in Cairns.
Meanwhile, Cheyse Blair proposed to his partner Tammy during a sunny holiday in Bali.

 

 
 
 
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MUNSTER IS MELBOURNE 🙌 Cam has re-signed until 2023 👏 #MelbourneProud

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Munster commits until 2023

November 29
Cameron Munster inked a four-year deal that will see him in Storm colours until the end of the 2023 season.
One of the most exciting five-eighths in the game, the young playmaker is due to reach his 100-game milestone this year.

 

 
 
 
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Our Pre-Christmas camp wrapped up yesterday! Well done boys! 💯 #MelbourneProud

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No quitters on annual pre-season camp

December 19
Hardened players returned from a brutal two days at the club's annual pre-Christmas camp.
A rite of passage for the club's first grade players, the group completed gruelling challenges on minimal sleep.
Mid-season recruit and former Penrith Panther Tom Eisenhuth was named Man of the Camp.

 

Rest and relaxation

It wasn't all gruelling training regimes during the off-season, with a number of players travelling interstate and overseas for some well-deserved R and R.
Jahrome Hughes relaxed in Bali, Sam Kasiano enjoyed a family holiday in Phillip Island and Brandon Smith travelled to New Zealand.