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Such is the hype surrounding new Melbourne Storm recruit Elijah Niko that he has already drawn comparisons to former NRL star Israel Folau.Every season the Storm have unearthed a future star, and little-known Niko is tipped to follow in the steps of Folau, Greg Inglis, Billy Slater – and even rugby convert Will Chambers – and make an immediate impact on the NRL. Skipper Cameron Smith said Niko had a serious chance to brush aside seasoned campaigners for a start in Melbourne’s opener against Manly. All eyes will be on the club and their new talent after they were forced to release several big names, including Inglis, in the aftermath of last year’s cap-rorting saga. Club officials preferred not to comment on Niko, who scored 21 tries in 36 games for the Warriors in Toyota Cup, including one in last year’s grand final triumph, and said they wanted to “keep him under wraps”. But Smith gave him a glowing endorsement and went as far to liken him to Folau. Continue reading

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Quinn sidelined for a month

Damn shame that !! One of my favoutite players in the NRL, Melbourne Storm winger Anthony Quinn is expected to miss at least a month after undergoing surgery on his right thumb earlier this week. Denied three tries by the video referee on Sunday after scoring early in the 36-14 defeat on Sunday against the Broncos, Quinn confirmed on the Storm Hour on SEN on that he hurt himself grounding the ball just before half-time, with the score disallowed because his left arm had touched the ground a millisecond before. “It’s a silly injury actually, it sounds that bad,” a sheepish Quinn said ahead of his operation. “(It’s) got to do with the thumb, (I) just tore a ligament off the bone with the thumb.” “It was the first disallowed try I hurt it in there trying to put it down so I definitely got the ball down because I hurt my thumb.” While the club is hopeful that the former New South Wales Origin winger may be available to return in time for the Round 13 clash with the Eels at Parramatta Stadium, Quinn is resigned to missing at least a month.

Ryan Hoffman awaiting scan results

Hoffman spent┬áSunday with his right knee in a brace after Cronulla winger Luke Covell fell across it in a tackle during the Storm’s 14-10 win in Saturday night’s clash at Toyota Stadium. The early diagnosis was a medial ligament strain, which could sideline Hoffman for between four and six weeks, but the premiership star was hopeful it may not be that bad. The blow ended a horror night for Hoffman, who also injured his AC joint after taking a shoulder charge in the opening 10 minutes. He was able to return after having treatment for that, but the knee injury was too much to bear. Todd Lowrie, who missed the Sharks clash with a groin injury, could be ready to replace Hoffman, but Hoffman said the club’s depth gave him confidence whoever was called upon could do the job. Storm officials will also anxiously await the fall-out from Anthony Quinn’s report for a forearm shot on Cronulla’s Paul Gallen, which sparked a wild melee.

Inglis departing early for WCC

Greg Inglis ($193,000 CTW) will fly into London three days earlier in a bid to play in the World Cup Challenge against Leeds. Inglis has a hip complaint and will be required to play 20 minutes of a hit out against the Harlequins to prove he is fit enough to face Leeds. Storm football manager said “He is doing more running now, he didn’t play in the All-Stars game . . . and our physio wants him to come with us and keep working on him.” Prop Jeff Lima ($224,900 FRF) is suffering from leg tightness and may also be required to prove match fitness in the Harlequins hit out. The Storm will also be without injured forwards Brett White ($180,500 FRF), Sika Manu ($214,100 2RF) and also Halfback Cooper Cronk ($294,00 HLV). Anthony Quinn ($91,400 CTW) returned from a serious neck injury last season, against Brisbane in trials unscathed and seems almost certain to regain his position in the starting line up on the left wing. The right wing position seems to be up for grabs with newcomer Matt Duffie ($73,600 CTW) and 28 year old speedster Luke MacDougall (Not Listed) set to fight it out to partner Dane Nielsen ($148,600 CTW) who looks to be moving back into the centres.