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2022 Storm Squad Update

Our 2022 Storm NRL squad will come together for the first time at AAMI Park next week when the last group of players return for pre-season training.

It will be our first full training session at home in 145 days.

Here’s a look at who can wear the purple jersey in the new season.

Of course, most of our players are capable of playing more than one position, but we’ve listed them in their usual starting slot.

 

Fullbacks

Ryan Papenhuyzen, Nick Meaney

Paps has now played 57 NRL games and as well as being the first choice No.1, he is also our first choice goalkicker. Nick comes to Melbourne after logging 65 matches for Newcastle and Canterbury including 22 last year with eight of those on the wing.

 

Wingers

Xavier Coates, George Jennings, Dean Ieremia, Will Warbrick

There’s definitely one starting position to be won following Josh Addo-Carr’s departure. State of Origin winger Xavier Coates and NZ Sevens player Will Warbrick are the new faces joining last year’s regular George Jennings (18 games and 11 tries in 2021) and Dean Ieremia (10 games, six tries in his rookie year)

Xav Coates getting into pre-season training
Xav Coates getting into pre-season training

Centres

Justin Olam, Reimis Smith, Jack Howarth

Reimis and Justin were close to being ever-presents last season, each playing 25 games which were career-highs for both players. Jack Howarth, a former Australian Schoolboys representative, is a strong runner of the ball who is gunning for an NRL debut this season.

Jack Howarth is all smiles at pre-season training
Jack Howarth is all smiles at pre-season training

Halves

Jahrome Hughes, Cameron Munster, Cooper Johns, Jonah Pezet

Jahrome and Cameron are one of the NRL’s best pairings and will be the first-choice halves with back-up from Cooper (seven career games) and 19-year-old Jonah who has been chosen in the NSW Emerging Blues squad.

 

Hookers

Harry Grant, Brandon Smith, Jayden Nikorima

Brandon, the Dally M Hooker of the Year, and Harry, Queensland’s No.9, are the best hooker combination in the game but unfortunately both will be missing for round one due to suspension. Jayden has joined the Storm from Redcliffe and played seven games for the Roosters in 2016. He is also at home in the halves.

Haz putting in the pre-season hours
Haz putting in the pre-season hours

Edge forwards

Kenny Bromwich, Felise Kaufusi, Tom Eisenhuth, Chris Lewis, Trent Loiero

Good mates Kenny and Felise will have their last season together and will be keen to make it one to remember. Kenny is closing in on 200 games for Melbourne with eight left to play before hitting the milestone. Tom (17 games) and Chris (20 games) both gained plenty of playing time last year and showed their versatility with stints in the backs when those stocks were running low. Trent is a young forward on the rise at age 20 and with six matches behind him from his rookie year.

 

Middle forwards

Jesse Bromwich, Christian Welch, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Tui Kamikamica, Josh King, Jordan Grant, Tepai Moeroa

The loss of co-captain Dale Finucane has opened up a spot in Storm’s starting pack. The new face for 2022 is Josh King who tallied 78 matches at Newcastle. Tepai will get the benefit of his first full Storm pre-season after switching from rugby midway through 2021. Jordan’s pre-season has unfortunately been slowed by a hamstring tear.

 

Utility

Tyran Wishart

After moving to Storm from the Dragons, Tyran showcased his impressive versatility by training in a number of spots, ranging from wing through to hooker, in the Noosa camp.

 

Development list

Bronson Garlick – edge forward

Cole Geyer – hooker

Marion Seve – wing/centre