Storm sale will be sooner … or later

The sale of the Melbourne Storm will be delayed for months if a deal is not done shortly.
Nanjing Night Net

Negotiations involving the Storm, News Limited and a multi-national consortium, with London-based New Zealanders among the leading figures, are reaching their conclusion.

Fairfax Media has been told by a reliable source that conclusion will either be an immediate announcement over the sale of the NRL and world champion or a two- to three-month delay to suit the purposes of the new owners.

“We don’t want to jeopardise the sale by speaking publicly about it,” club chief executive Ron Gauci said.

Storm staff have been assured their jobs are safe but Gauci was hired to find the club a new owner and will walk out – along with directors – when the deal is done.

The change of ownership is not expected to have significant impact on the day-to-day running of the club.

Meanwhile, the Storm has a united approach to closing in on the record of consecutive victories. It is ignoring it.

Thursday night’s 28-18 win over the Warriors was the club’s 15th in a row – just four short of the mark set by the 1975 Eastern Suburbs side.

And if it continues on its winning way, it will have to beat Sydney Roosters, formerly Eastern Suburbs, on May 25 to beat their record.

“That’s the first I’ve heard of that – I knew we’d won a fair few on the trot,” said coach Craig Bellamy. “I don’t think that will come into our consideration a whole heap.

”It’s just what we do each week and making sure we’re getting ready for the next game. If we can get there, that would be nice.

”But I’m not going to put pressure on the players about doing the next four games or whatever it is.”

Centre Will Chambers, who is off contract this year and scored two tries on Thursday, said: “We don’t think that far ahead. Now we’ve got Canberra.”

PLAYED THURSDAY:Storm 28 (Chambers 2, Fonua, Waqa, Slater tries; Smith 4 goals) d Warriors 18 (Henry, Tupou, Johnson tries; Johnson 3 goals)

Roosters 54 (Milne 2, Noble 2, Elliot, Asiata, Goodsell, Thomas, Martin, Langi tries; Langi 7 goals) d Dragons 10 (K Seru 2 tries; S Crook goal)

FRIDAY:Rabbitohs 20 (Champion, Inglis, Sutton tries; Reynolds 4 goals) d Sea Eagles 12 (Cherry-Evans, Watmough tries; Lyon 2 goals)

SATURDAY

Cowboys v Raiders, 1300smiles Stadium, 5.30pm

Wests v Broncos, Campbelltown, 7.30pm

SUNDAY

Titans v Knights, Skilled Park, 2pm

Sharks v Bulldogs, Bluetongue Stadium, 3pm

MONDAY

Panthers v Eels, Centrebet Stadium, 7pm

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