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NRL forward to join Super League side with immediate effect

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NRL side Melbourne Storm have released forward Aaron Pene with immediate effect to allow the 28-year-old the opportunity to join a Super League side.

As yet, it is unconfirmed which Super League side the forward will join but the Storm made a particular note to confirm that the immediate release was granted to facilitate a move to Super League for Pene.

Pene began his career with Melbourne Storm in 2020 where he spent two years before a one-year spell with New Zealand Warriors, before returning to Melbourne again for the past two seasons.

Since his return to the Storm in 2023, he has played just eight games for the club whilst playing the rest of his rugby league with Queensland Cup sides. He played ten times for Sunshine Coast in 2023 and has played for them four times so far in 2024 but has now been granted his early release.

Forward set for immediate Super League switch following release

Aaron Pene

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Aaron Pene has been linked with a move to Super League for quite some time but today’s release confirms that he will take an opportunity up in the northern hemisphere.

The Storm have confirmed that is destined for Super League but not confirmed which side, however, Director of Football Frank Ponissi did comment on Pene’s release.

Speaking as part of the club’s announcement confirming Pene’s release, Ponissi explained: “While reluctant to release Aaron at this stage of the season, this was too good an opportunity for him to pass up.

“He will always be a member of our 2020 Premiership squad, when we relocated to Queensland through the trying COVID period.

“We know Aaron will add great value to his new club and wish him all the best for the future.”

Who is Aaron Pene?

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Aaron Pene has long been linked with a Super League move, his name featuring regularly in the pre-season rumour mil with teams such as Warrington Wolves among those who were most prevalent. After the Wire lost Sam Kasiano through a mutual decision in January and that saw Pene linked as a like-for-like replacement.

Speaking on the news of his immediate release, Pene said: “I’ve loved every minute of my time at this club. Every person at some point through my time here has had a positive impact on my football career and in my life outside,” Pene said.

“It’s never easy leaving a place you love and call home.

“I remember when I first arrived and the Club saying that you need to be good people before being good footballers. That’s what makes this club so special.

“To the members and fans of this club, thank you for all your love and support and I wish nothing but the best to everyone in the future.

“I’m truly grateful to everyone here and will miss them all – from friends and work colleagues to family.”

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