After an impressive first NRL season with Melbourne Storm, Nick Meaney has kicked off 2023 by signing a new contract with the NRL club.
The joint winner of Storm’s Best Back of the Year Award in 2022, the 25-year-old will remain in Melbourne’s purple jersey until at least the end of the 2024 season after agreeing to a one-year extension.
In his first year with Storm, Meaney had NRL career highs for games played in a season, tries scored in a season and total points scored in a season and played in his first finals match.
Meaney: "Now I can focus on the main job"
He showcased his versatility by starting matches in three different positions in the backline - fullback, five-eighth and on the wing - across 23 matches, scoring 13 tries, and was the club’s leading points scorer, finishing on 148 points.
Meaney’s club debut came at five-eighth in round one against Wests Tigers when he became Storm player #218 and he grabbed his first tries for Storm when he collected a double on the wing in round three against Parramatta.
Last min Meaney getting it done
He bagged a career-high 20 points (10 goals from 11 attempts) in the 60-12 defeat of the Brisbane Broncos in round 23.
After making his NRL debut for Newcastle in 2018, Meaney has now played 88 games and will again be a key member of Storm’s backline in the upcoming NRL season which kicks off on March 2.
“I’m really happy to have the negotiations done and to have those two years, 2023 and now 2024, locked in,” Meaney said.
I can now concentrate on the main job and that’s training and soon we’ll be back playing.
Meaney’s first appearance in 2023 will come in the NRL Pre-Season Challenge with Storm scheduled to face Sydney Roosters in Geelong on February 12 and the Warriors in Christchurch on February 19.