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A part Papua New Guinean rugby league player in Cairns has been offered a development contract with NRL club Melbourne Storm.
17 year old Robert Derby whose mother hails from Rabaul is the latest to be scouted and signed from Brothers League club following in the footsteps of recently retired Storm fullback Billy Slater.
Nine’s Wide World of Sports reports that Storm Coach Craig Bellamy is excited about the young fullback who has joined the Storm from the same area as club legend Billy Slater.
Derby was signed after shining in the elite schoolboy competition, the Confraternity Shield, for St Augustine’s College last season.
Nine further reports that Derby is eligible to play international football for Papua New Guinea, and will start his journey to the top with the Storm’s feeder club, Sunshine Coast Falcons, next season.
After 12 months of playing against grown men there, he is likely to join the full-time Melbourne spot and stake his claim to be the Storm’s second star fullback from the north Queensland area.