Melbourne has confirmed veteran centre Will Chambers is leaving the club.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy made the announcement at the club’s awards ceremony on Tuesday night.
Chambers still had a contract with the NRL club, but was pushed out due to salary cap pressure and is expected to make a code switch to rugby.
Chambers was also awarded life membership of the Storm.
“I’m going to miss turning up every week and pulling on that purple jersey,” Chambers said.
“To (football manager) Frank Ponissi, thankyou for that flight to Ireland to pick me back up. I was so happy that I got the opportunity to come back to this great club.
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“To Cameron (Smith), you have been a role model to me, you’ve helped me become a better player and a better person.
“To Craig (bellamy), I came down here as an 18 year old with more than a few rough edges. You were a footy coach to me, a mate of mine, but more importantly you were like a dad.”
Chambers, 31, played 215 games for Melbourne, 13 for Queensland and seven Tests for Australia.