Melbourne Storm were rocked by injuries to three key men in their win over the Wests Tigers today.

Brandon Smith, George Jennings and Christian Welch all watched in agony as they left the pitch and it prompted Craig Bellamy to hit the transfer market in a bid to find a short-term replacement.

One of those Storm is apparently watching is St George Illawarra Dragons striker Tariq Sims, who has been on the periphery for the Dragons since the offseason despite his representation of home state New Wales from the South in 2021.

Sims had been linked with a move to Super League Leeds Rhinos last year but nothing came of it and the rampaging striker was retired to the NRL.

After earning appearances in State of Origin, it’s perhaps baffling that the Dragons are ready to let him go, but there’s no shortage of suitors – including both in the NRL and Super League with Parramatta Eels as the it was previously thought to win the race.

Up to eight clubs would chase him before Christmas, but Sims said he was keen to prove what he could do.

“I have no illusions about what’s at stake, but I’m always one to race to the competition and prove myself,” Sims told Channel 9.

“It was very emotional at the start (when he knew he wouldn’t stay), it’s a business and I love my Dragons.

“I never took anything for granted when I put on the shirt – before every game, before I put on my shirt, I feel it and I think of my family, my teammates and those who have put it on before me and make sure I represent them as best I can.

However, his time at St George could end prematurely.