Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Photo by Petesih's Photography
Melbourne Storm and the Penrith Panthers have arguably had the best two rosters in the NRL for two seasons now, but both sides are eager to sign one of the game’s most promising young players.
A report has emerged that both clubs are linked with a former player’s son.
The Australian’s Brent Read is reporting that the 2020 Grand Finalists are in a bidding war for the son of Panthers legend Mark Geyer, Mavrik Geyer.
“Ivan Cleary and their head of football Matt Cameron had a Zoom with him,” Read told Triple M.
“Melbourne has tabled an offer to him and there are plans for Craig Bellamy to have a chat to Mavrik.
“Penrith says he was the best player in Jersey Flegg this year, that’s how highly they think of him.
“His cousin, Cole Geyer, Matt’s son has just moved to Melbourne, so his cousin will be down there.”
Geyer has been slated as a front or back-rower that both clubs are looking to bring into their ranks.
Mavrik’s uncle Matt is of course also a former player who made his name at the Storm.
Playing for the Penrith Panthers in 2021 Jersey Flegg season, Mavrik Geyer scored four tries, made three line breaks, four line-break assists, averaged 124 running metres per game and made 217 tackles for an efficiency rate of 86.1%.
At the time of the Jersey Flegg season cancellation, Geyer’s Panthers had played 17 games, winning six, losing four and drawing seven (although six games were deemed nil-all draws due to the lockdown in New South Wales), with the club finishing in third on the ladder as a result.
The son of a legend will find it hard to play first grade in 2022 at either of the clubs displaying an interest in his services, as both are well stacked in the forwards, as you would expect from the two teams at the top of the ladder, with only Kurt Capewell leaving the Panthers for the Broncos and Dale Finucane leaving the Storm for the Sharks next season.
As things stand between the two clubs at the moment, Melbourne Storm is two points ahead of the Penrith Panthers on the 2021 NRL ladder, so the Panthers remain a chance of taking out back to back JJ Giltinan Shields for the first time in club history but will find it a tough task to accomplish as the Storm have been on fire.