After a demanding 2013 season which included over 30 matches, New Zealand international forward Jesse Bromwich is back in Melbourne and ready for a big 2014.
Bromwich was the only Storm player to feature in every single one of the club’s games last year and then travelled to England post season for the Kiwis’ World Cup campaign.
After a well-earned break, the explosive forward says his body is feeling good and prepared for another tough season.
I’m feeling pretty good at the moment, I just started training this week so I had a good break,” Bromwich said.
“I think we have got a really good squad, I’ve really missed being around these boys so its really good the be back.
“I’m enjoying it at the moment even though it is tough.”
The 24-year old has been greeted by a record breaking heatwave in Melbourne this week since returning to the training track.
“Its been a tough week, especially with this heat but its going really good,” Bromwich said.
“I think yesterday was one of the hardest sessions.
“We were out here for about two hours at about 11 o’clock, it was about 40 degrees so it was pretty tough.”
Storm’s official preparations for the 2014 season begin at AAMI Park on February 8 against Canberra in the club’s first trial match of the year. Melbourne will then travel to New Zealand the following week for the much-anticipated Auckland Nines.
Storm’s visit to Bromwich’s junior club, the Manurewa Marlins as a part of a league wide community blitz in the lead up to the Nines is a big factor in the forward’s desire to play in the pre-season competition.
“I’m hoping to play because our club is going back to my junior club,” Bromwich said.
"It’s massive back home, I went back home for a holiday and they’re all pumping it up – I’m really looking forward to it.
“It’s going to be good to watch and it’s going to be entertaining.”