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Storm secure Hinchcliffe, Ryles & Vave

Storm has secured three key signatures by retaining back rower Ryan Hinchcliffe and props Jason Ryles and Siosaia Vave.
Storm secure Hinchcliffe, Ryles & Vave
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Storm has secured three key signatures by retaining back rower Ryan Hinchcliffe and props Jason Ryles and Siosaia Vave.

These re-signings are an integral part of the club's retention strategy for next season and beyond, cementing Melbourne Storm's playing roster having already secured several high profile players.

Hinchcliffe continues to enjoy significant success both on and off the field as a member of the leadership group and a key component of Craig Bellamy's roster. The versatile forward notched up his 100th NRL appearance earlier this season, having now worn the purple jersey 88 times after just four years at the club.

On the back of several years of outstanding performances at club level, he was rewarded with the Player of the Year award in 2010 and runner-up last year. Hinchcliffe has also been impressive in his Country Origin performances over the past two years, including Man of the Match in 2011.

Storm GM Football Operations, Frank Ponissi, said Hinchcliffe's re-signing was an enormous boost for the club.

"The re-signing of Ryan is as important as any other player signed by Storm in recent memory," Ponissi said.

"To say we are pleased is an understatement.

"Hinchy had a very difficult decision to make and the fact he has committed his long-term future to the club is a tremendous show of faith by him."

In further great news for Melbourne Storm, the club has retained props Jason Ryles and Siosaia Vave.

Ryles joined Storm this season after a decorated career at club and representative level. Intending to only spend 2012 with the club, Ryles has found a new lease on life under Craig Bellamy and has been crucial in adding size and muscle to Storm's forward pack.

Vave has been one of the finds of the season, arriving at Storm after playing only 17 NRL games; since joining the club Vave has played 11 first grade games in 2012, finding his place in Bellamy's team with his powerful runs.

Ponissi said the team's forward structure was a key focus in the club's recruitment strategy.

"Craig has been really pleased with performance of our front row this season," Ponissi said.

"It's an area we have experienced significant turnover in over the last couple of years, so stability was a focus in our retention strategy."

The club has also taken up the option on Mitch Garbutt and Kenny Bromwich. Although opportunities in the first grade side have been limited, both players have been rewarded for their outstanding form for Storm's feeder club Brisbane Easts and look forward to further opportunities next year in the NRL.

Melbourne Storm has also taken up the option to extend the contract of popular winger Sisa Waqa for the 2013 season. The Fijian flyer has continued to impress Bellamy with strong performances for Storm's NSW Cup feeder team Cronulla, being named NRL 18th man several times this season.

In addition to these re-signings, Melbourne Storm has secured exciting Newcastle Knights NYC fullback / five- eighth Kurt Mann on a three-year deal.

The 19-year-old Longreach junior played in the inaugural NYC Origin match in May and was highly sought after by a number of clubs.

Ponissi said Mann's signing was about securing talented players for the future.

"Kurt is a very talented player and is enjoying a good season with the Knights. We have signed him with an eye on the future and his long-term career.

"We are looking forward to Kurt joining the full time NRL squad in November."

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