Former NZ Falcon gets snapped up by the Storm

Former New Zealand Falcon, William Warbrick has signed a 2 year deal with NRL giant, the Melbourne Storm.

Introduced to AFL through his Rugby League coach back in 2015, the Whakatane born star made his footy debut for the Western Crows, during the inaugural AFL New Zealand Premiership season back in 2016.

Warbrick was awarded the first ever Rising Star award after a magnificent debut game.

His maturity, strong vertical leap, elusiveness and solid marking ability meant he was always destined for higher honours.

William enjoyed the different aspects of AFL compared to other sports.

“I enjoy many aspects of AFL, the open space on the field you can get as a player, learning all the unique skills required to be an AFL player such as the hand pass, kicking, jumping, meeting new people and just the challenge of learning and playing a new sport.

The then 18 year old capped off the 2016 season with selection for the NZ U18 tour to Melbourne before getting a call up for the New Zealand Falcons to play on Sky Stadium against the AFL Academy.

William switched his allegiance to Rugby before making the Olympic squad for the All Black 7’s, where he won a Silver medal alongside former Falcon, Sam Dickson.