NRL Media Watch: Melbourne’s plan to replace key forwards in 2018

DESPITE the return of veteran forward Ryan Hoffman, Melbourne assistant coach Jason Ryles says young backrower Joe Stimson is right in the mix to snare the spot in the team’s engine room vacated by Tohu Harris.

Jordan McLean (North Queensland) and Harris (Warriors) have left two sizeable holes to fill, but in an interview with The Big Sports Breakfast, Ryles said the Storm have plenty of quality options among the roster.

New recruit Sam Kasiano has also impressed, and appears to look a lot trimmer, but Ryles confirmed the man mountain still weighed in at 125kg.

“Big Sam has come down (from Canterbury). If he can keep putting in that base at training he’ll give himself a good position to play well and opportunity to make the team,” Ryles said.

Melbourne Storm recruit Sam Kasiano at training. Picture: Jonathan Demos
Melbourne Storm recruit Sam Kasiano at training. Picture: Jonathan DemosSource: Supplied