Family comes first for Jesse Bromwich who says he never contemplated leaving the Melbourne Storm.
The New Zealand international front-rower has signed a four-year contract extension to continue playing with his younger brother Kenny.
It comes just a week after skipper Cameron Smith also committed for the same term, while youngsters Slade Griffin and Cameron Munster have also re-signed with the NRL club.
Bromwich was the target of a number of other clubs but told his manager that the Storm was his home.
“I didn’t really look around; I let my manager know that I wanted to stay here.
“I’m big on family so staying and playing with Kenny was massive for me.”
His partner and son as well as his parents also now live in Melbourne.
The 24-year-old was part of New Zealand’s World Cup campaign in the UK and said being involved had given him extra confidence.
He starred in Melbourne’s two opening wins and named man of the match last round against Penrith.
“It was a massive experience for me and hanging out with the guys there for eight weeks, I took a few things away from there.”
Bromwich made his NRL debut in 2010 after coming through the Storm’s successful under 20s team and is in line for his 100th appearance this season.
Storm football director Frank Ponissi said the club was thrilled to have re-signed Bromwich.
“Jesse has progressed into an elite footballer who also has shown his leadership potential,” Ponissi said.
“He’s a big guy with good footwork and is very consistent.”
Utility Griffin, 23, has signed a two year deal while Munster, who is yet to make his NRL debut is tied up for the next three years.
Queensland’s Munster, 19, is part of the club’s NYC team, and has been likened to a young Billy Slater.