Brett Finch Audio
Wednesday 12 December 2012 10:36 AM
Brett Finch made his official return to Melbourne Storm on Monday. He chatted to Michael Christian and Adam White on RSN Radio 927AM about season ahead and the difference in conditions as he settles back into Australia.
“This time of year usually the training on the field involves a few inches of snow so it’s certainly nice to be back (in Australia),” Finch said.
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The returning playmaker enjoyed success during his two seasons with Wigan, with the Challenge Cup victory in front of 78,482 at Wembley Stadium an obvious highlight.
“It was an enjoyable time, the opportunity came to go to England for two years and we had some success over there,” Finch said.
“To live on the other side of the world for a couple of years was a great experience.”
The chance to link up with Craig Bellamy and Melbourne again after two seasons away was one that Finch did not want to pass up.
“It’s a tremendous club and I really enjoyed my time here previously,” Finch said.
“You look at a few guys there, someone like Robbie Kearns, not only played many years for the club but is still working there, long after he retired.
“If I could do something like that, that would be fantastic.”
In 2013, Finch’s role with Storm will be different to that of his first stint in Melbourne. The experienced and versatile utility is comfortable with his role as cover to Melbourne’s first choice halves pairing of Cooper Cronk and Gareth Widdop
“I’ll play more a back up to those guys, being at the end of my career if I can help out when there is injuries and mainly through Origin time as well,” Finch said.
“If I can come in there and relieve a bit of pressure with the experience that I’ve got, that’s probably the main role I’ve got.”
Finch won’t have to wait long for a return to England, with Melbourne travelling to take on Leeds in February in the World Club Challenge.
“It’s a great experience that game,” Finch said.
“It probably doesn’t hold as much interest in the schedule as it should because of the timing at the start of the NRL season.
“For the players it’s certainly a great game to be a part of and one we are really striving to go after and win.”
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