Storm star admits he may be forced to leave

In-demand star Nicho Hynes says he wants to stay at Melbourne Storm but may be forced to leave to earn a full-time starting position.

The ball-playing fullback was again brilliant as Melbourne smashed Canberra 34-10 on Saturday night. Hynes has thrived as a starting player, yet only in the absence of big guns Ryan Papenhuyzen and Cameron Munster.

He is currently in contract talks with both Brisbane and Melbourne, and indicated that he was waiting on other potential suitors.

“I’m just waiting for a few offers to come on the table so I can make my decision,” Hynes told Fox League on Saturday night.

“I just want to do my job for the Storm and focus on putting my best foot forward for this team. I’ve been very vocal in saying that I’d love to stay at this club but unfortunately, that might not be happening because I won’t be able to start each and every week.

“I’m open to anything at the moment but right now, I just really want to play some good footy and focus on the Storm.”

Melbourne may have no way to keep Hynes given his desire to start full-time. Storm coach Craig Bellamy said that he was a valued player within the 17; yet Papenhuyzen and Munster are clearly immovable objects in the starting side when fit.

“Hopefully he’ll take into consideration, he’s fitted in really well with us and he’s definitely in our 17 and he can fill a whole heap of spaces,” Bellamy said on Saturday.

“We’re obviously really, really keen to keep him and hopefully we can but as I said, he’s playing some really good footy at the moment but we’d like him to stay.”

Hynes is nearing his 25th birthday, meaning he should be coming into his prime. Given his obvious quality, combined with a price tag that should still be reasonable, he shapes as potentially the buy of the season for a rival club.

He made a line break, a try assist and two line break assists against Canberra, on top of five conversions.

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