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Storm sign Olympic Games medal winner

Olympic Games rugby sevens silver medallist William Warbrick will join Melbourne Storm’s NRL squad for the next two seasons.

Warbrick, 23, was a member of the All Blacks Sevens squad that was beaten by Fiji in the gold medal game at the recent Tokyo Games and has been pinpointed as an outside back in rugby league by Storm’s recruitment team. 

"William has some experience at playing league during his school days, so the game won’t be totally new to him," Storm General Manager – Football Frank Ponissi said.

"Once we were made aware by his management that William was seeking to make a switch away from sevens, we were immediately interested and happy to have an initial chat.

We think William has what it takes to make it in the NRL and will give him every opportunity to achieve his potential.

Frank Ponissi

Storm also today announced the signing of former Roosters NRL squad member Jayden Nikorima for the 2022 season.

The 24-year-old is determined to reignite his NRL career which featured seven games in 2017.

He played four matches for Redcliffe in the Intrust Super Cup this season.

Warbrick and Nikorima will join Xavier Coates (Brisbane), Josh King (Newcastle) and Nick Meaney (Canterbury) plus Jonah Pezet and Tyran Wishart (Storm development list) as new additions to Melbourne’s top 30 squad for 2022.

2022 MELBOURNE STORM NRL TOP 30 SQUAD

NELSON ASOFA-SOLOMONA

JESSE BROMWICH

KENNEATH BROMWICH

XAVIER COATES

TOM EISENHUTH

HARRY GRANT

JORDAN GRANT

JACK HOWARTH

JAHROME HUGHES

DEAN IEREMIA

GEORGE JENNINGS

COOPER JOHNS

TUI KAMIKAMICA

FELISE KAUFUSI

JOSH KING

CHRIS LEWIS

TRENT LOIERO

ISAAC LUMELUME

NICK MEANEY

TEPAI MOEROA

CAMERON MUNSTER

JAYDEN NIKORIMA

JUSTIN OLAM

RYAN PAPENHUYZEN

JONAH PEZET

BRANDON SMITH

REIMIS SMITH

WILL WARBRICK

CHRISTIAN WELCH

TYRAN WISHART