Welch commits to Storm

10 October 2020 21:36:45 GMTPlus11

Melbourne Storm have secured the future of Christian Welch, who has penned a contract for the next two seasons.

The 26-year-old will continue his Storm career until the end of the 2022 season at the very least and it means he will have spent 10 years as a Melbourne player.

The prop forward is grateful to have been with the club for that long and is keen to grab every opportunity he gets over the next two seasons.

"I came here as a pretty skinny 18-year-old who didn't know much about footy and was searching for an opportunity," Welch said.

"It has been such an amazing journey to go on and the people who deserve the most thanks are my parents and my family for
being so understanding and letting me pursue my dream away in Melbourne."

Meanwhile, Welch has also admitted that he came close to leaving the club last year before he picked up an injury and being forced to undergo knee reconstruction.

And he is glad the move did not materialise as his heart remains with the Storm.

"I was probably about to leave last year then got injured," he added. "Earlier this year it wasn't looking that positive to stay on with the Storm but that's how footy works.

"There was a bit of interest that came after playing a few good games. It was always my first priority to stay. I love this club and everyone involved."

Welch is not the only player to sign up with Melbourne. Prop Max King will stay for the 2021 campaign, while young forward Jack Howarth has signed for 2021 and 2022.

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