The Melbourne Storm are set to sign Tigers winger David Nofoaluma for the rest of the 2022 season, ending their pursuit of overseas backs.
Craig Bellamy’s side have made a number of inquiries to rival clubs, hoping to fill the gap due to injuries at outside backs including Ryan Papenhuizen, Raymeis Smith, George Jennings and Xavier Coates.
After being heavily linked with Warriors fullback Reece Walsh, as well as being linked with the Titans about Jayden Campbell’s availability – the Storm are finally set to land their man.
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According to The Daily Telegraph, Nofoaluma is set to make a switch south after last year in hopes of resuming his season.
The 175-player has been sidelined with stress before being dropped from the first-class team while recovering from injury.
The move could see the 28-year-old make his career-first finals appearance since debuting in 2013.
Nofoaluma last played for the Tigers in the club’s Round 17 loss to Eels, scoring two tries.
The Hurricanes have linked with a number of Tigers players, including Dyne Lawrie, Adam Duehi and Ken Mamalo, while the Bulldogs and Panthers have also made offers for Josh Addo-Carr and Robert Jennings.
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Nofoaluma is expected to join up with his new team-mates this week and the club are gearing up to feature in their new colors for their Round 21 clash with the Titans.
He also holds the record for scoring most tries for the Tigers.
The combined club is set to save about $100,000 by dropping the contract.
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