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Pene Granted Release to Super League

Melbourne Storm this morning granted prop, Aaron Pene, an immediate release to join an English Super League club.

Pene originally joined Storm midway through 2019, making his debut against St George Illawarra in Round 20 the following season.

After spending the 2022 season with the New Zealand Warriors, Pene returned to Storm on a two-year deal at the beginning of 2023 playing a total of 32 NRL games across his five-year NRL career.

Pene said he was excited about leaping into the opportunity that has been provided to him.

“I’ve loved every minute of my time at this club. Every person at some point through my time here has had a positive impact on my football career and in my life outside,” Pene said.

“It’s never easy leaving a place you love and call home. I remember when I first arrived and the Club saying that you need to be good people before being good footballers. That’s what makes this club so special.

“To the members and fans of this club, thank you for all your love and support and I wish nothing but the best to everyone in the future.  I’m truly grateful to everyone here and will miss them all - from friends and work colleagues to family.” Pene said.

Storm Director of Football, Frank Ponissi, said Pene had made a great contribution in his two stints at the Club.

“While reluctant to release Aaron at this stage of the season, this was too good an opportunity for him to pass up,” Ponissi said.

“He will always be a member of our 2020 Premiership squad, when we relocated to Queensland through the trying COVID period.

“We know Aaron will add great value to his new club and wish him all the best for the future.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.