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RedZed Report: Round 20

The fortnightly RedZed Report, bringing you updates direct from Storm HQ about our injury list, club news and all things footy.

Injury Update

Some good news for a few long-term benchwarmers this week as GM - Football Frank Ponissi gives us an update on our injury list heading into round 20.

Dale Finucane (concussion)

Sidelined since: Round 19

It's good news for the co-skipper. "Dale has no issues following his concussion, he will be back this week," Ponissi said.

Harry Grant (hamstring strain)

Sidelined since: Round 15

"If he can get through training this morning (Tuesday) he will be named in the 21," Ponissi said.

"He's a very good chance to play but he does need to be 100 percent ready.

"We're not taking any risks with Harry."

Tom Eisenhuth (dislocated elbow)

Sidelined since: Round 15

"Tom is back to full training which is great news," Ponissi said.

"He is available for selection this week (round 20)."

George Jennings (PCL)

"Unfortunately George will be unavailable for at least another three weeks," Ponissi said.

"It's disappointing, he's been having a great year."

RedZed Injury Report with Frank Ponissi

Round 20 preview

Last time we faced the Panthers back in round three Penrith took home the chocolates (12-10), but that was 17 weeks go...

We have since won 15 straight games, while the Panthers have lost two of their past six.

Both sides are locked on 34 points, with 16 wins each.

Nathan Cleary will not return for the grand final rematch, with the playmaker still sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Club news

Bellamy commits long-term

Craig Bellamy has agreed to a new long-term deal that will see him remain with the club until the end of the 2026 season.

Fast approaching the 500-game milestone, the Bellamy-Storm partnership will reach almost a quarter of a century and will see Bellamy become the longest serving NRL coach at a single club. Read more here.

Craig chats about his new contract

Finucane to farewell Storm at end of 2021

Co-captain Dale Finucane will leave the club at the end of the season following a highly successful seven-year career.

Finucane has totalled 147 games in the purple jersey since joining from Canterbury in January 2015.

"It’s hard to put it into words how much Storm means to me," he said of the decision.

I’m honoured to have had the chance to experience this club, what it stands for, and I’ll always look fondly on my time here.

Co-captain Dale Finucane

"My big hope is that we can get back to AAMI Park and play in front of our members and fans who haven’t had much of an opportunity to see us over the past two years."

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.