Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Dolphins have made a habit of signing forwards from the Melbourne Storm and it seems that they are not done yet.
In the 12 months leading up to their first NRL season The Dolphins signed veteran Storm forwards Felise Kaufusi Jesse Bromwich and Kenny Bromwich to give their inaugural pack a ton of first-grade experience to set the club’s culture in place for years to come.
As The Dolphins now have a forward pack in place it seemed that they would focus on trying to sign stronger players for their spine in 2024 but according to The Courier Mail the club is still looking for big men in the middle and have their sights set on one in particular.
Dolphins recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan is believed to have tabled an official offer to Nelson Asofa-Solomona for 2024 as the report goes on to state that the New Zealand International will make a decision concerning his future after the Storm’s Anzac Day clash against the Warriors.
Wayne Bennett was asked by The Courier-Mail to comment on the situation and gave a brief answer.
“I believe we have made him [Asofa-Solomona] an offer,” Bennett said.
“I haven’t really been involved in the Nelson one, that’s one our recruitment boss Peter O’Sullivan is handling.
“Peter has spoken to me about it.”
This news will be sending Melbourne’s fans into panic mode as the club’s forward pack has seriously lacked in-depth this season with Asofa-Solomona arguably the Storm’s best big man.
While the Storm are still currently sitting in the top eight and have won three of their past four games most of their wins are off of big individual performances from players such as Harry Grant and Cameron Munster who are both injury prone.
If either were to go down for a substantial period that would force Melbourne’s pack to step up, something that they would be unable to do as effectively without Asofa-Solomona at the club and based on The Dolphins track record of recruiting players from Melbourne, Storm fans have a very good reason to be worried about the future of their representative forward.
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