Moore ready to Storm Melbourne
HERVEY Bay's Harry Moore knows his late father Michael would be extremely proud.
The 15-year-old has signed scholarship papers with the Melbourne Storm, a club which honours his father each and every year.
Michael Moore, the inaugural football manager of the Storm, died in 2000 following the club's round one game against the Warriors in Auckland.
The Warriors and Storm play for the Michael Moore trophy each season and the Storm also presents an award in memory of Michael to the club person of the year.
But it wasn't because of the family name that Harry might one day get the chance to turn his dream of wearing a Storm jersey with so much pride in the National Rugby League into reality - it was his ability.
Storm recruitment manager Darren Bell admitted he had no idea who Moore was when he saw him playing for Wide Bay in the state titles in Mackay.
Bell just saw a young player who could certainly play the game.
“The Wide Bay team was struggling but I noticed this kid had something special about him,” said Bell.
“He's a typical Storm player; tough and never gives up; so I wanted to know more about him.
“One of my old mates was involved with the Wide Bay team, so I gave him a call to do some research and this was when I found out he was Mick Moore's son.
“I watched him play again the following day and he was consistently Wide Bay's best player by a mile, so I gave Tracey (Harry's mother) a call to see whether they might be interested in having a talk.”
They did more than talk - Harry, a lock who plays for the Hervey Bay Seagulls under 15 team, signed a three-year deal with the Storm.
Harry, a member of the Queensland team that won the Australian 15 Years Secondary Schools Championships in Adelaide last week - the young Queenslanders went through the week-long championships undefeated - will get his first taste of life at the Storm when he goes to Melbourne for a camp with the club in December.
Harry said he was struggling to come to terms with the fact that he'd signed for the Storm.
“I've dreamt about it (playing for the Storm) for so long now and now I've got this chance - it feels fantastic I can tell you, “the Xavier College student said.
“I know dad would be feeling just the same as me because he loved the club and they loved him.”