STORM PLAN FOR LIFE AFTER SLATER
Ryan Papenhuyzen has signed with the Storm.
MELBOURNE have begun planning for life after Billy Slater by signing boom Wests Tigers fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen to a long-term deal from next season. No less than six clubs were chasing his services.
The move could point to signs the Tigers are closing in on re-signing in-form fullback James Tedesco, having secured Moses Suli on a $1.3 million three-year deal.
Papenhuyzen is considered one of the best prospects in the Holden Cup. A noted speedster, he is just three centimetres taller than Slater and only 76kg so he will need to bulk up. The 18-year-old Tigers junior won the Harold Matthews award for best player in the under-16s competition and has also represented the Australian Schoolboys and NSW at under-16 and under-18 level.
Pretty disappointing tbh.