Melbourne Storm hooker Harry Grant (player #188) has been appointed Club captain for the 2024 NRL season.
Grant was announced as the 15th player to captain Storm at an internal club meeting earlier in the week in front of players, coaches and staff along with vice-captains Jahrome Hughes and Cameron Munster.
Ryan Papenhuyzen, Tui Kamikamica and Josh King have also been announced as part of the six-man leadership group for 2024, which will be overseen by Storm’s NRL Coaching Coordinator, Jason Ryles.
Grant, 25, was one of three vice-captains last season and now joins an impressive list of Storm Captains including record holder Cameron Smith, inaugural captain Glenn Lazarus, Robbie Kearns, Stephen Kearney and Christian Welch.
“It really is an honour to be given the opportunity to lead this group of players and our Club,” Grant said.
We have had some legends Captain Storm and for my name to be listed next to someone like Cameron Smith, Robbie Kearns, Stephen Kearney and so many others is surreal.Harry Grant
“Welchy has done an incredible job over the last two seasons, and I know I can lean on him for advice and support along with Munster and Hughesy standing next to me.
“We have some great players and natural leaders in the group and I can’t wait to get stuck into the season with them.” Grant said.
After making his debut for the Storm in Round 11 of the 2018 season against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Grant has played 77 NRL games - 62 for the Melbourne Storm - and experienced his first finals campaign for the club in 2021.
In a first for the NRL, Grant played for the Wests Tigers on loan from Storm for the entire 2020 season, gaining valuable experience and which led to his first State of Origin jersey for Queensland. In the same season, he was named as both The Dally M and RLPA Rookie of the year.
As a representative player, Grant has played in eight State of Origins for Queensland and been part of three series wins. Added to that are eight games for Australia including the 2021 Rugby League World Cup final victory over Samoa. He was also named in the 2021 RLWC Team of the Tournament.
After scoring the most tries of any hooker and topping the tackle count in the 2023 NRL competition, Grant capped off another impressive year being crowned the Dally M Hooker of the Year.
Grant has come through Storm’s leadership pathway, joining the Emerging Leaders group in 2021 before joining the senior leaders for the first time in 2023.
A Yeppoon Seagulls junior, Grant played for Storm’s under-20s team in the NYC in 2016-17, was captain in 2017 and won the RLPA NYC Player of the Year in the same season, and further developed his career with the Sunshine Coast in the Instrust Super Cup, including being the Falcons Player of the Year in 2019.
Melbourne Storm Captains
1998 – Glenn Lazarus
1999 – Glenn Lazarus
2000 - 2001 – Robbie Kearns
2002 – Rodney Howe
2003 - 2004 – Stephen Kearney
2005 – Robbie Kearns
2006 – Michael Crocker, Matt Geyer, Scott Hill, Dennis Scott, Cameron Smith
2007 – Michael Crocker, Matt Geyer, Dallas Johnson, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith
2008 - 2020 – Cameron Smith
2021 – Jesse Bromwich, Dale Finucane
2022 – Jesse Bromwich, Christian Welch
2023 – Christian Welch