KEY SIGNATURE: Melbourne Storm are expected to announce Nelson Asofa-Solomona has signed a new deal linking him to the club until 2019.
KEY SIGNATURE: Melbourne Storm are expected to announce Nelson Asofa-Solomona has signed a new deal linking him to the club until 2019. DAVID CROSLING

Melbourne Storm tie down giant forward

MELBOURNE have landed a giant signature, literally, with Nelson Asofa-Solomona inking a new deal with the club.

Despite attracting serious interest from several rival NRL clubs and rugby, foxsports.com.au can confirm the 200cm tall powerhouse will remain with the Storm for another two seasons.

It's a huge coup for the club after losing promising young forward Jordan McLean to a lucrative deal with North Queensland and Tohu Harris to the Warriors, both starting next season.

In planning for the future success of the club, Craig Bellamy has a genuine game changer in Asofa-Solomona.

At 115kg, it's understood the Wellington product also had interest from the rival code and returning to union, the game he played as a junior, held great appeal to Asofa-Solomona but he has unfinished business in the 13-man game.

The 21-year-old is firmly in the frame to make his Test debut for New Zealand as part of their World Cup squad at the end of the year.

While a move to the Warriors would've also been an appealing move for the forward to make, he shunned their interest to extend his deal until the end of 2019.

It's understood the Storm will confirm the fresh signing later this week in what has been a busy month for the club.

They recently added veteran forward Nate Myles to their list for the remainder of the season with the former Queensland Origin prop in line to make his club debut this weekend.

They have also picked up South Sydney forward Robbie Rochow in a mid-season signing.

Rochow returns to the Storm, with whom he made his NRL debut for in 2010, for the rest of the year in a pre June 30 switch.

Their roster for 2018 is all but complete with Billy Slater and Slade Griffin the only players from their top squad yet to re-sign.

They will also welcome Bulldogs giant Sam Kasiano to the club on a three-year-deal from next season.

News Corp Australia


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