Proctor re-signs with Melbourne


Promising Melbourne Storm back-rower Kevin Proctor has extended his contract at the club for a further two years.
Proctor, who made his NRL debut for the Storm in 2008, has agreed to terms to a new deal that will see him remain in Melbourne at least until the end of 2011.
“For me, looking elsewhere was never an option,” said Proctor, who grew up on the Gold Coast.
“I’ve made Melbourne my home over the past three years and I couldn’t think of anywhere else I’d rather play football than here.
“We’ve lost a lot of experience recently and young guys like myself have been presented with real opportunities by Craig.
“He’s been a great supporter of mine and I’m just glad I get a chance to repay some of the faith he has shown in me.”
Proctor’s decision to re-commit to Melbourne is another tremendous result for the club’s recruitment and retention drive that has seen it extend the deals of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Greg Inglis, Dallas Johnson, Jeff Lima, Sika Manu, Brett White and Dallas Johnson in recent times.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy was delighted by Proctor’s decision to re-sign.
“Kevin has impressed everyone at the club this year with his attitude,” Bellamy said.
“He’s one of a number of quality young players that are emerging through our ranks and we’re confident he can play a major role for us over the coming years.”
Proctor, currently sidelined with a broken ankle, is expected to make his return to the NRL this season in round 20.
The likeable 20-year-old, who stands out because of his abundant locks of hair, played the first seven games of this season before sustaining the injury.
He has played 10 NRL games in total since making his debut in round 10 last year.