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Storm keep Chambers in NRL with new deal

Will Chambers

Bustling centre Will Chambers has knocked back offers to return to rugby union and signed a four-year deal to remain with NRL champions Melbourne.
Storm keep Chambers in NRL with new deal
by AAP

By Melissa Woods

MELBOURNE, May 1 AAP - Bustling centre Will Chambers has knocked back offers to return to rugby union and signed a four-year deal to remain with NRL champions Melbourne.

Chambers returned to the Storm last year after spending almost two years playing rugby with the Reds and in Ireland.

He is now knocking on the door for Queensland State of Origin selection, underlining his credentials by scoring two tries in the Storm's Anzac Day win over the Warriors.

The 24-year-old from the Northern Territory said the Storm felt like home.

"It's a group I enjoy being a part of and obviously with the coach (Craig Bellamy) being here for a few more years it made it a lot easier," Chambers said.

"There was interest elsewhere and I did look around but I'm most happiest here and feel really comfortable."

Chambers had an impressive debut season in rugby in 2010 with the Reds but his form fell away after injury.

He said he'd "never say never" to a return to rugby and considered offers before re-signing with the Storm.

"It was something I looked at but I love my footy here."

Bellamy said he was delighted to keep Chambers after losing five-eighth Gareth Widdop to St George Illawarra.

"He's a wonderful person and a wonderful young player and we think he's only going to get better," said Bellamy.

"He's playing really good footy and we think there's big things ahead for Will.

"He's a proud Queenslander and I don't think he's too far away from representing in Origin.

"The way he's playing at the moment he's going to make it difficult for selectors to leave him out."

Last year Chambers' future in football was in doubt when he developed a rare blood disorder called idiopathic thrombocytopenia which threatened his future in the game and even his life.

But he returned to play in the Storm's grand final triumph and last week was fully cleared by his specialist.




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