Xavier Coates

NRL investigating Brandon Smith over comment made during teammate’s interview

Coates was being interviewed on the field by Melbourne’s media manager following the club’s thumping Anzac Day win over the Warriors.

Smith walked up to Coates and said “let’s go” followed by what was reportedly a pidgin English word, which triggered a chuckle from Coates.

No nerves: Kumul connection settling Coates for Storm debut

After launching his career at the Broncos with 17 tries in 32 games since debuting as an 18-year-old in 2019, Coates has made the move south to join fellow PNG Kumul Olam in a star studded Storm backline.

"From the first session we did, Juzzy and I clicked straight away from our cultural background," Oates said.

"I am not really an aggressive sort of player but it’s good to have him next to me and it makes you feel comfortable and you trust him.

Storm ‘superstar’ recruit hailed as signing of the year after Addo-Carr’s exit

Last season the Storm were knocked out by eventual premiers in the preliminary final and lost winger Josh Addo-Carr to the Bulldogs.

Coates, 20, who made the move down south from Brisbane has been hailed a ‘superstar’ by the former Panther.

“Josh Addo-Carr leaves and they sign who I believe will be the best signing by the end of the year and his name is Xavier Coates,” Sattler said on Sportsday WA.

‘It’s scary’: Cronk‘s big warning to NRL over new Storm recruit

The 20-year-old made the move south from the Broncos and already has Origin experience under his belt being a part of the winning 2020 side and the 2021 team.

Coates has become known for his acrobatic try scoring ability and his blistering pace, made all the more impressive by his imposing frame out on the wing.

After making the big switch, former Storm premiership winner Cooper Cronk believes coach Craig Bellamy knows exactly how to take Coates’ game to the next level.

“I think it is scary what Xavier Coates could do this year,” Cronk said.

What Xavier Coates is most nervous about after arriving at Storm

But bring up the prospect of two weeks on a suburban building site and the 20-year-old is quick to admit he has some concerns.

The Queensland origin outside back has arrived in his new city and already feels part of the team, following the support of Justin Olam and the good fortune of one of his best mates also joining the club in Cole Geyer, son of club great Matt Geyer.

Dugan and Coates on Roosters’ radar as they look to make deadline pick-up

Injuries to Matt Ikuvalu and Billy Smith this weekend has seen the Roosters forced into playing Joey Manu on the wing with Adam Keighran at centre in a heavily-shuffled side.

Joseph Suaalii and Brett Morris’ seasons were both cut short by injury.

The NRL is talking about introducing a loan system for the rest of this season given that bubble restrictions don’t allow clubs to dip into reserve grade easily.

Speaking on NRL360 on Fox League, The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield revealed four of the names that had been tossed up to coach Trent Robinson.

“This guy is ideal for us” – Storm

Coates put pen to paper on a two-year deal last week which will see him link up with the Storm for 2022.

Melbourne don’t often go to market for established stars but they made an exception for the Queensland representative winger.

The Broncos – Coates’ current club – the Titans and Cowboys all table offers for the Papua New Guinean international.

Bellamy was spotted speaking to Coates prior to Christmas and the clubs confirmed the deal on Sunday.

Coates signs with Storm

NRL.com reported that conjecture over his future beyond this season has finally been put to bed with the Storm announcing his signing, on a deal understood to be worth around $500,000 (K1.4m) annually, until the end of 2023.

Brisbane had set aside a similar $500,000 figure for Coates, and will now enter the player market to bolster their backline stocks.

NRL.com understands the Broncos have expressed interest in Storm utility Nicho Hynes among several rival clubs, with the utility back impressing at fullback in recent weeks with Ryan Papenhuyzen out injured.

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News Corp reports the Storm are close to signing the 20-year-old after he flew to Melbourne over the weekend to tour their facilities.

According to Phil Rothfield, the conversations between the Storm and Coates started back in December and the club is now “on the verge” of signing the Queensland Origin winger.

Coates signs new Broncos deal

The 18-year-old centre signed an upgraded deal that will see him contracted to the Broncos until the end of 2021.

Coates was named on July 2nd to make his NRL debut on the wing against the Sharks on Sunday afternoon, after travelling to Newcastle last week as 18th man to experience an away trip at the top level.