RUGBY LEAGUE: Barnstorming young forward Lachlan Timm is poised to join the Melbourne Storm from next season.
The 21-year-old has agreed to terms with the NRL club after impressing for feeder teams, including the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
While the paperwork's yet to be officially lodged, Falcons CEO Chris Flannery said the deal was all but sealed.
"That's huge for Lachie and for the Falcons," he said.
"He'll play the rest of the season with the Falcons and move down to Melbourne at the end of this year and go into their full time squad down there, so that's fantastic.
"We're really happy for Lachie and he's worked hard (for it)."
Timm played at Maroochydore Swans as a youngster before playing for the Falcons youth side.
He then played for the Storm's under-20 team before joining the Falcons' state league side in the off-season.
This year, he's emerged as a force in the Intrust Super Cup, with strong hit-ups and a rugged work ethic.
The 187cm, 112kg powerhouse's rapid rise was recognised last week when he was called into the Queensland Residents' squad.
He's set to become the first home-grown player to come through the Falcons system and play for the Storm, emphasising the relationship between the clubs.
His soon-to-be elevation comes as another Coast junior, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, links with the Storm.
It's understood the Gympie teenager, who is with the Falcons under-18 side, will connect with the NRL club but not with the main squad.
"To have two guys in a matter of days (link with the Storm)....is really good for us to see and good for our young players coming through to see," Flannery said.
Ball player Ryley Jacks and forward Tui Kamikamica become the first Falcons players to earn Storm contracts at the end of last year and both have made their NRL debuts in 2017.
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