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Nick Meaney signs contract extension to keep him at the Melbourne Storm

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The Storm have extended Nick Meaney’s stay in Melbourne for another year after handing the utility a new deal that will take him through until the end of the 2024 campaign. 

The former Bulldog proved to be a vital asset to Craig Bellamy after covering for the absences of both Cameron Munster in the halves and Ryan Papenhuyzen at fullback during an injury-hit season for the club. 

Despite Melbourne failing to make the top four for the first time in eight years and bowing out of the finals with a disappointing loss to Canberra at home, Meaney proved to be a shining light. 

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The 25-year-old finished as the side’s top point scorer thanks largely to him taking over the goalkicking duties from Papenhuyzen along with his career-best tally of 13 tries. 

“I’m really happy to have the negotiations done and I get to take my mind off things now and have another two more years here,” Meaney told the club’s website

“I can now concentrate on the main job and that’s training and soon playing.”

Papenhuyzen is still recovering from the horrific knee injury which ruled him out for the rest of the season last year and appears to be racing the clock to be fit in time for the beginning of the new campaign.

This has given Meaney the opportunity during pre-season to stake his claims for the No.1 jersey. 

“Paps is still out, so I’ve been at the back doing the drills and 13 on 13 at fullback,” he said.

“I’ll keep building in that area and then when round one comes around, whoever we’ve got there is ready to go.”

Meaney cited how he wanted to improve his physicality in 2023 after sustaining a shoulder injury at the backend of the year.

“It was a bit of a nasty one and a bit annoying,” he said. “There wasn’t much you could do other than stick a needle in it and numb it for the games.

“It stopped me from doing a lot in the gym. So, I’m just really building on my body and keeping that in check, and I think that’ll help me on the field.”


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