Melbourne Storm today revealed details of one of the most significant player announcements in the Club’s history.
Speaking at the 2012 Premiership Reunion today, Storm Chairman, Matt Tripp, announced Harry Grant, Jahrome Hughes and Xavier Coates had all extended their contracts this week to secure their long-term future at the Club.
Hughes and Coates have committed to the end of the 2026 season, while Grant has agreed to an extension to the end of 2025.
The trio join fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen, winger Reimis Smith, captain Christian Welch and Australian Schoolboys representative, Jack Howarth, on long-term deals with Storm.
Making the announcement in front of the 2012 Premiership team, current players, coaches, staff and the Storm faithful, Tripp said the Club was thrilled to have many key positions locked in for the long term.
“To have players the calibre of Harry, Jahrome and Xavier all committed to our club for a long period gives us great confidence heading into the future,” Tripp said.
“We now have a quality spine, our skipper, an exciting winger and some great young talent all locked away for a few years.
“We know the three are quality players and, more importantly, quality people. We are proud of the strong culture we have built across the entire club and will always work hard to keep good people.”
Returning to the team after sitting last week out with COVID, Grant said he was excited about the future direction of the Club.
"We have a core group of players who have now signed up for a few extra years which definitely helped with my decision,” Grant said.
“If we can keep that core group together for a long period of time, it only helps with getting the success we all want.
“The Club gave me an opportunity when I started with under 20’s and then again when I was on loan at Wests Tigers, so to come back and get the opportunity to stay longer is really exciting.” Grant said.
Hughes said the decision to stay in Melbourne was an easy one.
“I’m really happy where I am and can’t wait to be in Melbourne Storm colours for a few more years,” Hughes said.
“I have a lot of faith in the players coming through and the coaching staff, so it was an easy decision to make in the end. The Club is really well run and we wanted to keep as many of the boys here as possible, so it’s great to sign on with the other boys.
“With a few leaders moving on next year, we all have to step up and I need to be one of those to take on that challenge.” Hughes said.
Coates made an immediate impact on the team, combining with his PNG national teammate Justin Olam to form one of the most dangerous edges in the competition.
“From the moment I landed in Melbourne, I have loved my time here and everyone has made me feel so welcome,” Coates said.
“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else to be honest. I’ve had the most enjoyable time here and the club has been so welcoming. I can’t wait to pull on the purple jersey for a few more years.”