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Smith, Howarth sign new contracts with Storm

An outstanding first season with Melbourne Storm has helped to earn outside back Reimis Smith a two-year contract extension, while former Australian Schoolboys star Jack Howarth has signed a new deal until the end of 2027.

Smith, who played 25 matches in his debut year with Storm including all 19 in the record-equalling winning streak, will wear the purple jersey through to the end of the 2024 season.

Signed from the Canterbury Bulldogs, Smith reached the 50-game mark when he played his first game in Melbourne colours.

He scored a career-high 14 tries in the right centre position highlighted by a hat-trick in the round eight victory against Cronulla.

The only game he missed in 2021 came in the final round when he was rested ahead of the finals series.

Smith said he was excited to be staying with Storm for the next three years.

“I’m extremely happy,” the 24-year-old said.

I’m very grateful to this club and what they’ve done for me so far. I’m looking forward to the future

Reimis Smith on his contract extension

“I wouldn’t want to be at any other club but the Storm.”

Meanwhile, Howarth’s new five-year deal comes as he continues to impress Storm with his performances on the training paddock.

Into his second year as a member of Storm’s top 30 squad, the 19-year-old from Queensland is eyeing off an NRL debut this season.

“I love being part of Storm and love living in Melbourne,” Howarth said.

“The coaching staff and the boys are great to be around and are helping me a lot with my footy and life in general.

“It’s a top class environment to be part of.

“Footywise I’m looking forward to playing a lot more this year and developing my game even more.

The dream is to wear the purple jersey in the NRL and it’s getting closer but there’s still a lot of work ahead.

Jack Howarth on his five-year deal

“My future is sorted now with a great club for a few more years and I can fully focus in on my footy.”

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