The Melbourne Storm have found their Nicho Hynes replacement, announcing the signing of Canterbury utility Nick Meaney on a two-year deal.
Meaney, 23, has played 55 games for the Bulldogs and Knights, with experience in the fullback, wing and centre position.
He will join the club from the start of the 2022 pre-season, with his skillset and profile likely to hand him the 14 jersey as Hynes heads to Cronulla.
Storm head of football Frank Ponissi says he sees a “lot of upside” in Meaney’s game.
“We see a lot of upside in Nick,” Ponissi said via a club statement.
“We believe that not only will Storm be good for his football, having him at AAMI Park will be good for us.
“We look forward to seeing Nick run out in the purple jersey next year.”
Bulldogs CEO Aaron Warburton gave Meaney his best wishes for his next move.
"We wish Nick all the best with his decision to join the Storm next season," Warburton said via a club statement.
"Nick has always worked hard and been truly committed to the cause here at Belmore and we would like to thank him for that and wish him and his family all the best with the move to Melbourne.
"I know that Nick will now focus all his energies on playing hard for the Bulldogs for the rest of the 2021 season.”
Meaney will play out the remainder of the 2021 season with Canterbury.