Homegrown rugby league player Sua Fa’alogo has signed a three year contract with Melbourne Storm.
Fa’alogo has advanced his skills in the sport as part of the Northern Thunder Rugby League Club for the past five years.
The 18-year-old currently plays as fullback for the Thunder’s under-21 squad.
Fa’alogo said he was “truly blessed” for the opportunity to play with the Storm.
“I feel grateful and thankful for the opportunity,” he said.
“I was in shock mode for a couple of days, it did not feel real until after I officially signed my contract at the Melbourne Storm office.
“I hope to learn and gain skills and knowledge from experienced players and coaching staff.
“The Melbourne Storm pathway program is very well-structured, and it makes perfect sense as a next step in my career plan.
“What is more, is the Melbourne Storm have an excellent reputation, and I’d like to learn from the best, so I can perhaps one day also excel as a professional NRL player.”
Fa’alogo’s coach at Northern Thunder, Henry Ene said it makes sense the young player was signed to such a well-known club.
“Sua’s signing is a testament to his focus, determination, and hard training,” Ene said.
“Being a club member since 2016, Sua had shown attributes and skills that were always going to excel him in rugby league, the club is excited and extremely proud for Sua and will be supporting him all the way of his professional journey.”
Storm Recruitment officer and pathways manager Tim Glasby said in the announcement of the young player’s signing that his talent and work ethic made him stand out.
“Sua is an exceptional young talent and his speed, footwork and strength has seen him become one of the standout players,” Glasby said.
“Most importantly, he has a very good work ethic and a great attitude.
“He wants to work hard and improve his game.”
Fa’alogo credits his family for his achievement.
“I want to thank my parents in Samoa for their never-ending prayers and support.
“My older brother Sua Snr Fa’alogo [also keeps] me grounded and sacrificed a lot just so my dream of playing in the Melbourne Storm [could] come true.”
Fa’alogo will embark on his three year journey with Melbourne Storm in 2022 until the end of the 2024 season.