Wests Tigers will have Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall at their disposal for one more season after the club icons agreed new contracts.
Daly Cherry-Evans missed a last-gasp penalty as Wests Tigers just about remained in the hunt for a top-eight finish.
Penrith Panthers versus Newcastle Knights finished with just 22 men on the pitch, the hosts' loss enabling their top-four rivals to pounce.
Billy Slater's second-half try - days after announcing his retirement plans - could not save Melbourne Storm from another NRL loss.
Ivan Cleary, who is contracted to Wests Tigers until 2020, will not be returning to Penrith Panthers before his deal expires.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs and Wests Tigers both enjoyed big wins in the NRL on Friday.
Canterbury Bulldogs ended their three-game losing streak on Friday to halt Wests Tigers' pursuit of an NRL Finals place.
Wests Tigers stunned South Sydney Rabbitohs as Robbie Farah was concussed on his 250th appearance for the club.
Wests Tigers' hopes to finish in the top eight of the NRL have been hit as Josh Reynolds is to miss the rest of the 2018 season.
St George Illawarra Dragons sit third in the ladder after Wests Tigers consigned them to back-to-back defeats.