Storm lock in young talent
As immortal as they sometimes may seem, the 'Big Three' will be another year older in next season and the Melbourne Storm know it.
The winds of change will sweep through the halls of AAMI Park this off-season.
Established veterans Ryan Hoffman (New Zealand) and Sisa Waqa (Canberra) will depart the club along with Ben Roberts (Castleford), Cody Walker (South Sydney), Tim Glasby (Cowboys) and Mitch Garbutt (Brisbane).
The time for regeneration is now for the Victorian side that bowed out of the finals without a win for the second straight season.
Melbourne saw the need to inject young talent into its squad so this week moved to sign five players from its under-20s side to its senior squad for next season.
Cameron Munster, Christian Welch, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Suliasi Vunivalu and Dean Britt have all been elevated to the side's full-time NRL system.
"We are very pleased to be adding Cameron, Christian, Nelson, Suliasi and Dean to our NRL squad," said Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi.
"The addition of these players gives us an exciting mix of young talent in our squad to complement our senior and core group of players."
Munster is the most highly touted of the bunch and thought by many to be Billy Slater's long-term replacement at fullback.
He made his NRL debut in Round 12 this season against the Cowboys when Slater was sidelined through injury.
Slater will turn 32 next June and has one year left on his current deal with the Storm.
Munster has a long way to go to emulate the feats of the Maroons and Kangaroos champion but now has the chance to being making his mark.
Also joining the Melbourne ranks in 2015 will be highly rated youngster Shaun Nona.
Nona signed with the Storm back in August and looks to be a promising recruit after the halfback was awarded the Duncan Hall Medal for a man-of-the-match performance in Northern Pride's Intrust Super Cup grand final victory on the weekend.