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Melbourne Storm locks down trio Jahrome Hughes, Harry Grant and Xavier Coates


The Melbourne Storm have confirmed that the trio of Harry Grant, Jahrome Hughes and Xavier Coates have all put pen to paper on new contracts.

Hughes and Coates will remain in Melbourne until the end of 2026, while Grant is committed to a new deal until 2025.

Hughes, who won a premiership with the Storm at halfback in 2020, has played 85 games for the club since relaunching his career in 2017. He previously played just two games for the Titans and the Cowboys from 2013 to 2016.

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Coates, who has played 34 NRL games since making his 2019 debut for the Broncos, and Grant, with just 33 games under his belt, are two of the NRL’s emerging stars who have already become state players. origin for Queensland.

“Having players of the caliber of Harry, Jahrome and Xavier all committed to our club for a long time gives us great confidence for the future,” said Melbourne Storm chairman Matt Tripp.

“We now have a quality backbone, our skipper, an exciting winger and 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 club and will always work hard to keep good people around.”

The re-signings of Hughes and Grant in particular are a major boost for the Storm.

The pair’s future in recent months had been the focus of speculation, with incoming NRL side the Dolphins busy recruiting for their inaugural season in 2023.

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While the Dolphins have signed Ray Stone from Parramatta and Jamayne Isaako from Brisbane, they have already signed a number of players from the Storm.

Maroons star Felise Kaufusi, along with brothers Jesse and Kenny Bromwich, have all signed multi-year deals with the club from 2023. These three players combined have won seven premierships at the Storm.

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