Melbourne Storm’s long-time General Manager – Football, Frank Ponissi, has extended his contract until the end of the 2024 NRL season.
Ponissi has headed up Storm’s football department since his arrival at the club at the end of the 2007 season.
The extension of his contract will bring his Storm career to 18 seasons.
Storm CEO Justin Rodski said the club was delighted to secure one of the game’s best football leaders for at least another four seasons.
"Frank has been a pivotal figure at Storm since his arrival 14 years ago and has presided over a football department which has experienced on-going success despite all the challenges the game throws at them," he said.
"We are very fortunate to have a person of Frank’s calibre leading this important area of our club.
"He has been part of four grand final victories, three runners-up finishes and finals appearances in each season since 2011.
His long-term partnership with coach Craig Bellamy is unmatched in recent NRL history and between them they have driven a strong club culture that has been a key factor in the club’s development on and off the field.Justin Rodski Storm CEO
"I’m sure all of our members and fans are very happy that Frank is with us until at least the end of 2024 and congratulate him on this very well-deserved contact extension."
Ponissi said he was thrilled to commit to the club for the long term.
"I am genuinely very excited to extend my time here at the Melbourne Storm," Ponissi said.
"My family and I are heavily invested emotionally in both the club and the city of Melbourne and we are looking forward to the next four years.
"I am very fortunate to work alongside such a wonderful and dedicated executive, coaches, staff and squad of players, as well as a tremendous ownership group that makes my job not only easier but also very rewarding and enjoyable."