MacDougall, who was released by the Sea Eagles at the end of the season this year, will further add to the Storm�s already healthy list of backline players.
After ongoing contractual proceedings with Manly, MacDougall is delighted to have joined the Storm�s ranks and is looking forward to making a fresh start in the NRL.
�I didn�t really want to leave Manly in the first place and it�s a big move but I�ve spoken with (Storm coach) Craig (Bellamy) and I think he can really help me take my game to the next level,� MacDougall said.
The 26-year-old�s intentions for next year are clear and he has started planning for the 2004 season with advice from his older brother Adam, now with the Rabbitohs, ringing in his ears.
�My remember my brother saying to me only a couple of years ago that every player starts at the same point every pre-season regardless of what they�ve done before,� MacDougall added.
�I didn�t come here to play reserve grade, I came here to play first grade and hopefully I can do that next year.�
His move to Melbourne comes just weeks after former Manly head coach Peter Sharp also made his way to the Storm, leading to an unlikely reunion between the two.
�I didn�t know that he (Sharp) was coming down here so it was a bit of a surprise,� MacDougall said.
�I don�t know anyone here in Melbourne so it�s really good to have a familiar face around while I settle in.�
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