Outside back Reimis Smith will make the move to Melbourne to join the reigning NRL premiers for the next two seasons.
The former Bulldog, who was released by Canterbury today, will be part of day one of Storm’s 2021 pre-season training on January 4.
One of the competition’s premier finishers, Smith scored an impressive 25 tries in 49 appearances for the Bulldogs after making his debut in the 2016 season.
At home in the centres or on the wing, the 23-year-old scored a try in two of his last three matches against his new club.
Storm General Manager – Football Frank Ponissi said Smith would fill one of the gaps in the premiers’ backline stocks for 2021.
“With the departure of Suliasi Vunivalu, Sandor Earl and Paul Momirovski, we were on the lookout for quality outside backs and Reimis certainly fits what we were looking for,” Ponissi said.
He’s a young player with the majority of his career still to come and capable of playing in the centres or on the wing.Frank Ponissi On Reimis Smith
“We had him in our sights for some time and when the Bulldogs made the decision to release him, we were quick to take the opportunity to bring him to Melbourne.
“We’re still in the market for one more outside back and hope to finalise that position prior to the start of pre-season.
“With George Jennings also coming on board for the next two years, we have some fresh, new talent for our members and fans to enjoy watching in the purple jersey.
“Our thanks go to Suli, Sandor and Paul for the contributions they made to Storm and we wish them all the best with their various endeavours away from Storm.”
Meanwhile, Test and Origin winger Josh Addo-Carr has confirmed he will be back at Storm in 2021 to see out the final year of his contract.
“There has been plenty of speculation regarding Foxx and we’re delighted that he has made the commitment to stay here in Melbourne next season,” Ponissi said.
“He’s a vital member of our side who has proven in 2020 that he is one of, if not the best, wingers in rugby league.”
Storm has also signed outside back Marion Seve on a train and trial contract.
The 25-year-old has played 19 NRL matches for Storm, including seven in 2020.