Storm to restructure loan clauses as swap young gun Harry Grant takes on master Cameron Smith

The Storm have moved to protect themselves in future loan arrangements to avoid players like Harry Grant coming up against his old team as he will in Round 19 against Melbourne.

Grant’s breakout year on the back of a historic loan swap deal involving Paul Momirovski has been one of the stories of the season and he will go head-to-head with Cameron Smith and the club he is set to rejoin in 2021.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported the Storm are seeking to make sure players they loan to rival clubs in the future are prohibited from playing against them in the same season.

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The fact that Grant’s swap deal with Momirovski was unprecedented in the NRL at the time of the move, the Storm and Tigers failed to add clauses that would prevent their players from playing against their old club.

In fact the deal specifically stipulated that Grant and Momirovski would be eligible to play in Tigers matches against the Storm.

In contrast the Eels prevented Warriors loan players Daniel Alvaro and George Jennings from taking on Parramatta and the Panthers said no to Jack Hetherington playing against Penrith in a Warriors jersey.

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While it is an intriguing battle between the master Smith and the apprentice Grant this weekend, Storm football manager Frank Ponissi was reluctant to make it common practice for loan players to play against Melbourne.

“It was new for us and the Tigers when we did this deal,” Ponissi said

“It was never considered, and while we’ve got no regrets about not doing it with Harry, it will be something we look at moving forward.’’

Grant has scored three tries in 13 games for the Tigers this season and was a leading contender in the Dally M Medal race before injury and the form of his club intervened.

Cameron Smith comes up against young gun Harry Grant in Round 19.Source:Getty Images

The 22-year-old has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave the Storm if Smith decides to play on in 2021.

However Grant doesn’t want to put any pressure on Smith to make a decision for anyone but his own best interests and wishes.

“As a player I don’t want to have too much of an influence on what he does with his future,” Grant said.

“What he has done for the game and the Melbourne Storm as a club, he deserves to play again – I can’t picture an NRL season next year without Cam playing.”

Originally published asThe key clause Melbourne Storm will insert in any future loan deals

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