“We have a been feeder club for the Roosters, Rabbitohs and now the Storm, all successful NRL clubs who have trusted us to prepare players for their NRL programs.
“Our strong heritage aligned to our own pathway from Harold Matthews to the NSW Cup is strengthened further by this partnership giving our players a defined route to the NRL”, he added.
The news comes as the North Sydney Bears push to become the NRL’s 18th team.
The news comes as the Bear’s push to become the NRL’s 18th franchise continues to gather swift momentum.
“We would like to thank the Sydney Roosters for their strong partnership over the last five years, and now the club looks forward to beginning a new journey with the Melbourne Storm from 2024,” Holmes said.
The Storm “jumped” at the opportunity to link up with the mighty Bears, Frank Ponissi said.
The Storm “jumped” at the opportunity to link up with the historic North Sydney club and is hoping to use the facilities at its oval next year.
“We were always interested in having a stronger connection with NSW Rugby League given the number of players we have on our list from the state, so when this opportunity was presented, we jumped at it,” Ponissi said.
“From next season, we will have an even greater connection with NSW through the Bears, offering a genuine pathway for players to come to Melbourne Storm.