Josh Addo-Carr’s Storm release has been turned down and he will stay in the Storm next season despite signing an agreement to join the Wests Tigers in 2021.
The Sydney Morning Herald Reports Mario Tartak, manager of Addo-Carr, met with Justin Pascoe, CEO of Tigers, Lee Hagipantelis and soccer boss Adam Hartigan on Thursday, where he expressed his wish for Dally M winger of the year, the final year of his contract with Find out Melbourne.
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The Tigers and the Storm both released statements Thursday night confirming the news.
“Wests Tigers released the following media statement because of much speculation and coverage of Josh Addo-Carr and the club,” said the Tigers’ statement.
“Addo-Carr is a player currently under contract with Melbourne Storm for the 2021 season. After compassionately asking for his contract to be released to return to Sydney, Wests Tigers entered into talks with Josh with the permission of the Melbourne Storm.
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“This led to the execution of a Heads of Agreement, which stipulated that Addo-Carr would join Wests Tigers in 2021. This agreement was only activated when Addo-Carr was released from his current gaming contract.
“Wests Tigers was warned by Melbourne Storm tonight that Addo-Carr would not be released.
“Wests Tigers recognizes and respects the current contractual arrangements between Josh Addo-Carr and Melbourne and would not attempt to interfere with them.”
The Storm are “pleased” to keep Addo-Carr for another season and thanked the Tigers for their “professionalism” in handling the matter.
“After talking to Josh Addo-Carr and his agent late afternoon, we can confirm Josh will be a Melbourne Storm player in 2021,” the statement said.
“Josh had requested a release from the last season of his contract, but that wasn’t an option at the time.
“Josh has accepted this decision and is looking forward to training with his teammates in Melbourne again in January.
“We are very happy that such a talented player and a great contribution to our club as well as his partner Lakaree and the young Foxx will stay with Storm for 2021.
“We would like to thank Wests Tigers, who were also involved in these discussions, for their professionalism on this matter.”
It’s well documented that the 25-year-old wanted to return to Sydney to be closer to the family.
The Storm were ready to release their Star Winger, provided they received a comparable replacement for it.
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While the Tigers had put Addo-Carr on a four-year deal, they refused to release David Nofoaluma or Tommy Talau – Melbourne’s requested players – to sign a swap deal.
With Addo-Carr now staying in Melbourne, the Herald According to reports, the Storm could afford to raise his salary from $ 375,000 to $ 500,000 for the next season – if skipper Cameron Smith actually retires.
Michael Chammas of the Herald reports that Addo-Carr is staying with Storm as his contract is topped up with an additional $ 100,000 and comes back on the market looking for a bigger deal for 2022 and beyond.
With the NSW Origin star out of a contract by the end of next season, he can negotiate with rivals for 2022 and beyond. It is assumed that the Tigers will now try to secure his services for then.
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