Storm signing Alex Clarke-Kennedy.
Storm signing Alex Clarke-Kennedy. Cade Mooney

Teen picks Storm

ALEX Clark-Kennedy recently found himself in a position most football-mad teenagers could only dream of – accept a contract with the Melbourne Storm or the Parramatta Eels.

That was the conundrum the highly rated Nambour Crushers 16-year-old faced as the NRL clubs chased his signature.

After much consideration, Clark-Kennedy decided the Storm would best suit him.

Later this year he will take up a four-year contract with the powerhouse club.

“It all happened really quickly, but I was more than happy with the result and to have it all sorted out,” he said.

The talented back-rower had several options after being told numerous NRL clubs were interested in him.

“It came down to deciding between Parramatta and Melbourne,” he said. “I ended up going with the Melbourne Storm as I know they have a very strong club culture down there.”

This season he played for the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the under-16 Cyril Connell Cup, picking up the team’s players’ player award.

“It is one of the best awards you can get because it is voted for by the players, so I was pretty happy with that,” he said.

The Year 11 Nambour High School student will play for the Melbourne under-18 side in the SG Ball Cup next year.

He heads south in November for only the second time in his life.

After meeting his host family – organised through the club – he will look for a school where he can complete his Year 12 studies.

Clark-Kennedy knows moving to a different state will be a giant step in his life, but is dedicated to making the most out of the opportunity.

“It is going to be hard to be away from my family and friends, but I know it is all for the best,” he said.

Clark-Kennedy has his eyes firmly set on making first grade one day.

“That has been my main goal for a number of years now,” he said.

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