League legend Greg Alexander is backing Ryan Papenhuyzen to bounce again for the Storm this season, regardless of reviews he’d been supplied to a rival membership.
The SMH reported a 3rd social gathering linked with the Melbourne membership approached a rival membership to garner their curiosity in signing the 25-year-old fullback if he grew to become accessible.
Storm powerbrokers scoffed at strategies they wished to launch the gun fullback, however the membership have already got Nick Meaney and rising star Sualauvi Faalogo additionally vying for the No.1.
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Papenhuyzen has battled with a number of accidents this season and suffered a horror ankle break in his third recreation gack from a knee harm.
Pundits have raised considerations concerning his physique’s capacity to deal with the calls for of first grade soccer, however Alexander has no doubts he’ll return with a bang.
“I think he’ll be back (to his best), I saw him last Friday, he was very confident that he’d be back running after Christmas and ready to go,” Alexander mentioned on SEN 1170.
“The knee will have more time to heal, he said the only worry is the fact that it is the same leg, the broken ankle was the same (leg) as the knee.
“The quad and the muscle in his thigh wasted away a little, I think he’ll be back.”
The Storm handed Papenhuyzen a a three-year extension price round $2 million in 2021 and he is among the NRL’s most marketable gamers.
His present contract expires on the finish of 2025 and Alexander believes he’ll be capable of get better from his harm within the low season.
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“I’d go with him, I’d take that risk… I think he’ll recover, and the knee will be fine,” Alexander mentioned.
“By the time he gets back on the field after another off-season, even though it’s an injured off-season, I don’t think that will be an issue, the knee.”
Faalogo turned heads in his single first grade look in 2023 and has additionally been electrical for Samoa on this 12 months’s Pacific Championships.
Storm bosses have reportedly begun discussions to increase his present contract and improve him in to the highest 30 for the 2024 season.
Meanwhile, Meaney has achieved an admirable job in Papenhuyzen’s absence and can battle with the marquee star for the fullback spot.
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