Storm's Craig Bellamy Has Just Secured Playing Group For Years To Come

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Storm's Craig Bellamy Has Just Secured Playing Group For Years To Come

Melbourne have moved to secure their long-term future by signing next generation stars Brodie Croft, Brandon Smith and Jahrome Hughes plus Cheyse Blair on multi-year deals.

Croft is likely to replace departing halfback Cooper Cronk, while Smith is considered the heir to skipper Cameron Smith at hooker.

"These re-signings are a significant part of our retention strategy. All four players will form an integral part of our playing group for the years to come," Storm football director Frank Ponissi said.

“These re-signings are a significant part of our retention strategy. All four players will form an integral part of our playing group for the years to come,” said Storm director Frank Ponissi .

“Brodie, Brandon and Jahrome are exciting young players who showed our fans during the Origin period just what they are capable of.

“They are young men who came to Melbourne in search of an NRL opportunity and now they comfortably call this city their home. They will continue to work closely with our coaches to ensure they reach their full potential in the purple over the years to come.

“Cheyse has worked incredibly hard to cement himself in the starting side and we have every confidence he will continue to apply that same work ethic to his rehab and ensure he returns to the field fit and ready for next season.”

These four young players join Will Chambers, Jesse and Kenny Bromwich, Dale Finucane, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Joe Stimson, Ryley Jacks and Christian Welch.

- Additional reporting AAP

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