Storm NRL squad member Brenko Lee will finish his time with the club at the end of the season after accepting an offer to return closer to his family in Queensland.
Lee enjoyed a memorable 2020 season with Melbourne, starting on a train and trial contact and finishing as a premiership winner and State of Origin player for Queensland after cementing his role as a starting centre.
However, injuries this season have kept him from adding to his tally of 14 matches for Storm. “I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity Storm gave me at the start of last year and I’m very thankful to have been coached by Craig Bellamy,” Lee said.
“Not only has he changed my footy, he’s also changed my life.
“I feel like I’ll be leaving Melbourne as a more mature man, with a partner and a new baby, and a better person overall.
“One of the hardest conversations I’ve ever had was having to tell Craig that I was going to leave Storm and return home to Queensland.
“He’s done so much for me in such a short period of time and I’ll forever be in debt to him and this club.
“I’ll always have great memories of last season and what the boys achieved.
“Hopefully there’s more good moments to come this year before I end my time at Storm. “I’ve made some lifelong friends who I look forward to meeting up with as we continue with our careers and then post-footy.”
Storm General Manager – Football Frank Ponissi said: “While we’re disappointed to lose Brenko, we wish him all the best for 2022 and beyond.
“He will leave our club with a premiership ring as a reminder of his time with us and he will always be welcome at AAMI Park.”