Melbourne Storm today announced it has locked in highly regarded Recruitment Manager, Paul Bunn, who confirmed his commitment to the club and will remain in charge of recruitment and list management.
Storm CEO, Justin Rodski, said he was thrilled to have ‘Bunny’ commit to leading this critical area of the club for the next four years.
“Bunny is one of the most experienced recruiters in the game, he has an exceptional eye for talent, and has helped build several Melbourne Storm premiership winning teams,” Rodski said.
“With the expansion team entering the competition, and the possibility of further expansion in the future, there has never been a more important time to have stability in recruitment and key leadership roles.
“We now have Craig, Frank and Bunny all committed to the club for an extended period, this gives us great confidence and stability heading into next season and the years ahead.”
Bunn said he was looking forward to extending his time at Storm.
“I’ve spent almost ten years working with Craig, Frank and our recruitment team building lists we think will give us the best chance of being competitive every year,” Bunn said.
“There are so many people who put in countless hours looking over video, stats and getting an understanding of the person we want to recruit before they become a player at our club.
“Recruitment is highly competitive and will be even tougher now with a new team in the NRL trying to attract the best young talent in the country, but I’m confident in the team of people we have in place that our list will always be competitive.”
Storm has secured talent from far and wide under Bunn’s watch including the likes of Suliasi Vunivalu from Fiji rugby, Justin Olam from PNG Hunters, while others have been scouted from within the rugby league system including Felise Kaufusi, Brandon Smith, Jahrome Hughes, Cameron Munster, Christian Welch and Ryan Papenhuyzen among many others currently on the Storm roster.
Storm bolstered its recruitment team with the return of Premiership player and State of Origin representative, Tim Glasby, in late 2020 joining Bunn and his son Geordie Bunn on the Sunshine Coast.