Tonga star Solomone Kata quits Storm after failing to crack first grade

Tongan international Solomone Kata has quit the Melbourne Storm after deciding not to take up his NRL contract option for 2020.

Kata joined the Storm from the NZ Warriors midway through this season and played in nine matches for Storm feeder club Easts Tigers in the Intrust Super Cup.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here at Storm and made some good friends over the past few months,” Kata said.

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“However another opportunity has come up that I’m keen to explore so I won’t be with the club next year.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Storm for making me feel so welcome and wish the boys all the best in 2020.”

Storm General Manager of Football Frank Ponissi thanked Kata for his contribution to the squad this season.

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“Although Sol wasn’t able to break into our minor premiership-winning team, he proved to be a popular squad member who was always willing to help his new teammates get the best preparation possible for their NRL match each week, as well as doing his job with the Tigers,” Ponissi said.

“He leaves us with our best wishes for the future.”

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