Storm second-rower Peter Robinson has re-signed with Melbourne today in a deal that will see him remain with the club until the end of the 2005 season.
The 27-year-old from the mining town of Cobar in the NSW outback has been one of the Storm�s more consistent performers this season and is fast carving out a reputation as one of the competition�s most underrated forwards.
After joining Melbourne feeder club Brisbane Norths in 1999 Robinson says he is delighted to be staying with the Storm for a further two years at least.
�The Storm is the club that gave me the opportunity to leave Cobar and achieve what I have in football and I just want to repay them,� said the man affectionately known as �Big Red� to his teammates.
�I�m just so happy that I can stay here and continue to play my football with Melbourne and hopefully continue to do so until my career is over.�
A self-confessed late developer, Robinson�s game has risen to a new level under coach Craig Bellamy.
�You never stop learning and I�ve learnt something new off every coach I�ve had and Craig has added a new dimension to my game,� Robinson explained.
�He (Bellamy) has shown a lot of confidence in me that I suppose I didn�t really have at the start of the season and my defence has lifted under (assistant coach) Dean Lance as well.
�I used to be fairly quiet but now that I�m a little more worldly and the fact that I�ve been at the club for a few years, my confidence has grown.
After playing much of his football as a prop last year Robinson has relished the opportunity to play alongside skipper Stephen Kearney in the back-row.
Melbourne will be without their captain for Sunday�s clash with the Raiders in Canberra but Robinson says he will be treating the match just like any other.
�Obviously he (Kearney) is a loss for us but Robbie Kearns is still in the side so one of the more senior guys will be there to lead from the front,� Robinson said.
�I�ll be going into the match and treating like every other contest this year.�
Meanwhile Melbourne will continue talks with Kearns next week in an attempt to re-sign the NSW prop.
The Storm have already re-signed Steven Bell, Matt Geyer and Scott Hill this year.
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