The likes of John Bateman of Wigan Warriors are headed to the NRL in 2023 and Will Pryce of Huddersfield Giants and Bateman’s Wigan teammate Kai Pearde-Paul are headed to Newcastle Knights in 2024.
But, somewhat under the radar, Joe Chan is headed to the NRL for Melbourne Storm.
Speaking on the NRL.com, Chan has opened up about how his dad Alex Chan was key to his move:
“Dad really spoke very highly of the Melbourne Storm and the things they do, and he wasn’t lying,” Joe said.
“The pre-season he said was the hardest thing he has ever experienced in his career… that’s actually been even worse than he described and I think he left out a few details!
“He spoke very highly of Craig [Bellamy] and what he does for the team and individuals and how he won’t hide or shy away from the facts.
“When you get here you understand why Craig has won so many premierships.
“It’s fun to hear stories about dad here at the club and it makes me push a little bit more, not so much to beat him, but to make sure I make a name for myself here.”
He also spoke about the difficulties of adjusting to different communities.
“As a kid it was fun, but moving to France the second time at 15 was hard, trying to adjust to a community I didn’t know that well,” Joe said.
“I have always thought Australia was home, which is a bit different to some of my family members who prefer France.
“I feel like Melbourne has been very welcoming, and the food over here is very good, so I need to stay away from that!”