The North Queensland Cowboys yesterday confirmed they have secured the services of current Melbourne Storm front-row forward Jordan McLean on a three-year deal commencing in 2018.
McLean, 25 will link up with the Cowboys following the completion of the 2017 NRL season, ending a five-year association with the Storm and coach Craig Bellamy.
A member of the ruthless Storm
McLean has played all his first grade footy under Bellamy at the Storm and has made 69 appearances to this point, forcing his way in to the side in 2013 and becoming an integral if not flashy component in a clinical and ruthless Storm operation that has contended more often than not for honours during that time.
Cowboys General Manager of Football Peter Parr told his club’s website that “the club was excited to be adding McLean to its roster next season” and “Jordan’s a wonderful young player who’s come through a very good developmental pathways system at Melbourne, so we know that we’ll be getting both a quality player and a quality person.”
McLean himself told the Cowboys website that he was looking forward to the next chapter of his rugby league life in North Queensland, but did have plenty of kind words for his current employers as well, saying “the Storm has been tremendous for me in terms of my development as a player and as a person.”
“They’ve stood by me, and Craig Bellamy and his staff have helped me improve my game. Craig handed me my NRL debut and that’s something I’ll treasure always.”
Sydney boy heads to Melbourne for big break
Born in Sydney, the big McLean first linked up with the Storm back in 2009, where he rose through the ranks of the club’s SG Ball and NYL sides before getting the nod for a first grade berth in mid-2013, while in the five seasons since, he has mostly been a solid, consistent performer for the men in purple and will likely bring the same level of consistency and commitment to a strong Cowboys outfit from next season.
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