Suliasi Vunivalu of the Melbourne Storm.
Suliasi Vunivalu of the Melbourne Storm. JULIAN SMITH

Storm star signs new deal

MELBOURNE flyer Suliasi Vunivalu has signed a new deal.

The winger extended his contract a further year, which will keep him in the purple jersey until at least the end of 2018.

"We are thrilled to have Suli recommit to the club for another season," Storm football director Frank Ponissi said.

"He had an outstanding 2016 for a player in his rookie NRL season - not only to finish as the competition's leading try-scorer but to also play in our grand final side.

"Suli is a wonderful athlete and a smart player who is looking forward to the challenge of going into his second season with a focus on continuing to improve his game."

One of the game's most exciting finishers, the 21-year old finished on top of the try-scorers' list in his debut NRL season, scoring 23 in as many NRL games.

Born in Fiji, Vunivalu moved to New Zealand to play rugby before he was spotted by Storm recruitment staff.