Player Aaron Pene

Aaron Pene

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Vodafone Warriors sign Storm prop Aaron Pene
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The Vodafone Warriors have boosted their depth in middle forwards by signing Melbourne Storm front rower Aaron Pene on a two-year deal from next season.

A late developer at first-grade level, the 25-year-old made his NRL debut last year and has been in the Storm’s game day squad for their last three games.

Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown said Pene’s exposure to Melbourne’s renowned culture would be invaluable for the club.

“Aaron has been in a great system for the last couple of years so he’ll bring some good experience from a top team to our club,” he said.

“He’s got great leg speed and power and he’s now getting an opportunity to establish himself in Melbourne’s NRL squad this season. The modern game suits Aaron down to the ground.”

Of Samoan heritage, the 1.90m, 107kg Pene initially came through Parramatta’s under-20s in 2015 and 2016, had a stint at Penrith and has played in the New South Wales Cup and the Intrust Super Cup while he also had a year off playing park football.

“Aaron’s a late bloomer and we are very excited to have him onboard and welcome him to the club. He’ll fit into our culture really well,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“Having Aaron join us is more good news for our members and fans. We’re building well for 2022 and beyond.”

Picked up by Melbourne midway through the 2019 season while playing for the Central Queensland Capras in the Intrust Super Cup, Pene was added to the Storm’s NRL by the end of the year.

“It’s a case of second time lucky for us with Aaron,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

“We attempted to get him in 2019 but didn’t have a spot available at the time and he went to the Storm so it’s great to get him on board this time.

“He’s been a standout in the Intrust Super Cup and we look forward to seeing him progress to the NRL on a permanent basis. He possesses all the tools to be an extremely valuable player in the NRL and comes from a great system.”

Pene has been with Melbourne’s feeder club the Brisbane Tigers since 2019. In six games this season he has averaged 130 metres a game.

He made his NRL debut against the Dragons last September, was 18th man for the Storm in their 11th-round match against Canberra last month (but didn’t get on the field) before being used off the bench against Brisbane and Gold Coast in the club’s last two matches. In 33 minutes against the Broncos he made 128 metres from 11 runs with five tackle breaks.

AARON PENE

Born: September 26, 1995
Birthplace: Auburn, NSW
Junior Club: Berala Bears (New South Wales)
Position: Prop
Height: 190cm
Weight: 107kg
NRL Debut: Melbourne Storm v St George Illawarra Dragons, Netsrata Jubilee Oval, Sydney, September 27, 2020 (Round 20)
NRL Games: 3 (2020-2021)

 
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Burncity warrior

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May 11, 2021
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Vodafone Warriors sign Storm prop Aaron Pene

The Vodafone Warriors have boosted their depth in middle forwards by signing Melbourne Storm front rower Aaron Pene on a two-year deal from next season.

A late developer at first-grade level, the 25-year-old made his NRL debut last year and has been in the Storm’s game day squad for their last three games.

Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown said Pene’s exposure to Melbourne’s renowned culture would be invaluable for the club.

“Aaron has been in a great system for the last couple of years so he’ll bring some good experience from a top team to our club,” he said.

“He’s got great leg speed and power and he’s now getting an opportunity to establish himself in Melbourne’s NRL squad this season. The modern game suits Aaron down to the ground.”

Of Samoan heritage, the 1.90m, 107kg Pene initially came through Parramatta’s under-20s in 2015 and 2016, had a stint at Penrith and has played in the New South Wales Cup and the Intrust Super Cup while he also had a year off playing park football.

“Aaron’s a late bloomer and we are very excited to have him onboard and welcome him to the club. He’ll fit into our culture really well,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“Having Aaron join us is more good news for our members and fans. We’re building well for 2022 and beyond.”
Haven't seen a hell of lot of this kid.

What you guys think?
 

Makasene

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visguy

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Jul 11, 2013
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Warriors just signed a young prop Aaron Pene from the Melbourne Storm, two year contract from 2022
 

jonesy101

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Aug 28, 2016
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His stats across 2 games - https://www.melbournestorm.com.au/teams/telstra-premiership/melbourne-storm/aaron-pene/

33 mins against Broncos
16 mins against Titans

ATTACK
TACKLE BREAKS -5
AVERAGE HIT UPS -3.7
POST CONTACT METRES -61.2

PASSING
OFFLOADS - 1

DEFENCE
TACKLES MADE - 20

TACKLE EFFICIENCY
Tackle Efficiency - 58.2%

RUNNING METRES
AVERAGE RUNNING METRES - 58
TOTAL RUNNING METRES - 175
Sometimes the official NRL profiles tackle efficiency seems to be way off so I think his stat is much better than the 58.2% they are showing. If you look at Jack Murchie's profile it shows his tackle efficiency at 60.9% which is definitely wrong.
 

Billyspleen75

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May 8, 2012
676
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His stats across 2 games - https://www.melbournestorm.com.au/teams/telstra-premiership/melbourne-storm/aaron-pene/

33 mins against Broncos
16 mins against Titans

ATTACK
TACKLE BREAKS -5
AVERAGE HIT UPS -3.7
POST CONTACT METRES -61.2

PASSING
OFFLOADS - 1

DEFENCE
TACKLES MADE - 20

TACKLE EFFICIENCY
Tackle Efficiency - 58.2%

RUNNING METRES
AVERAGE RUNNING METRES - 58
TOTAL RUNNING METRES - 175
It's always difficult trying to assess someone on a limited sample side.
His 16min stint vs Titans was seemingly underwhelming, but he went much better vs the Broncos

From the Warriors signing article
He made his NRL debut against the Dragons last September, was 18th man for the Storm in their 11th-round match against Canberra last month (but didn’t get on the field) before being used off the bench against Brisbane and Gold Coast in the club’s last two matches. In 33 minutes against the Broncos he made 128 metres from 11 runs with five tackle breaks.
 
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Billyspleen75

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Aaron Pene anyone? Lokked better than all our current props tonight.

I forget who it was but shoutout to whoever spruked Pene's name on here some time back suggesting him as a potential signing. Maybe a couple of months back, anyone remember who it was or was it you?
 

wellyboy

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I forget who it was but shoutout to whoever spruked Pene's name on here some time back suggesting him as a potential signing. Maybe a couple of months back, anyone remember who it was or was it you?
😂 i was about to type the same thing about the person on this forum a couple weeks back mentioning aaron pene being a solid player and hopes warriors pick him up. Who ever that was 👏
 

wellyboy

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Jun 1, 2015
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Saw some videos of Aaron Pene on YouTube. He seems to be very quick for a prop, alluding to Brown’s comments about leg speed. Also has good footwork, strong as well.

An astute signing considering the speed of the NRL today.
Thats good. Hope he has quick play the ball too.
 

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