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Journeyman Norrie commits to Storm

By Melissa Woods 30/07/2010 03:51:48 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne feel the tide is changing with the announcement journeyman prop Bryan Norrie has committed to the Storm for another two years.

After losing a number of players in recent weeks, the Storm say Norrie will be the first of wave of signings at the besieged club.

And despite the Storm's requirement to shed over $1.3m from their wage bill to get under next year's salary cap, 26-year-old Norrie is in for a pay rise.

No surprise there given the former St George Illawarra, Penrith and Cronulla forward joined the Storm in January due to a mounting injury toll on an NRL minimum of $55,000 plus match payments and has become one of their best performed players.

Cut from the Sharks - his third NRL club - Norrie was days away from starting his new role as captain-coach of the NSW Group Nine outfit Wagga Kangaroos when Craig Bellamy called him.

And like many before him, under the Storm coach's tutelage, Norrie has been transformed from cut-price reject into a match-winner.

"Bryan's made a great impression and impact at the club this year both on and off the field," Storm football manager Frank Ponissi said on Friday.

"He came on board on what could only be described as a budget deal for us and he's played out of his skin and been one of the form forwards of the year."

Ponissi said he believed it was Bellamy's coaching as well as the Storm culture that helped players live up to their potential.

"Bryan's certainly not the first, there's a long list in front of him," he said.

"Jeff Lima was in exactly the same boat and there's been countless others and I'm sure he's not going to be the last."

The Storm were relieved to be able to hang on to Norrie after losing props Jeff Lima (Wigan) and Aiden Tolman and Ryan Tandy (both Bulldogs), while Test prop Brett White has been linked with their opponents on Sunday afternoon at AAMI Park, Canberra.

They have also lost Ryan Hoffman and Brett Finch to Wigan, while star centre Greg Inglis is tipped to head north to either Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

He said there was no news on Inglis, with new Storm boss Ron Gauci away at the CEOs conference in Sydney.

Ponissi said the club hoped to be able to announce more signings in the coming week.

"We're expecting a few more in the next few days and early next week.

"After those players leaving it's great to get some news of players staying and I think the tide will change in the next week with players staying or going to be signed from elsewhere."

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