Trial a good opportunity for youngsters
After naming a youthful side to take on the Raiders in the club's first trial of 2014, Craig Bellamy believes the practice match will provide a good opportunity for Storm's crop of youngsters.
Up to seven new faces have been named to line up against Canberra on Saturday in addition to several of the club's up and coming U20's squad members who Bellamy believes will be keen to take the field.
"We've had some new guys come to the club, we've got a few guys from the U20s squad playing as well," Bellamy said.
"It will give us a good chance to have a look at them against NRL opposition so we're really looking forward to it.
All NRL clubs will participate in trial matches this weekend after lengthy pre-season campaigns and Bellamy is pleased matches are beginning to be played.
"I'd imagine most teams are probably looking forward to a game this week, its been a long pre-season for everyone, its good that the games are starting to get played," Bellamy said.
"I think before Christmas everyone gets through pre-season by looking forward to the Christmas break.
"As soon as you're back after Christmas, January goes quickly and all of a sudden you are back into practice matches."
The opportunity provided to the young members of Melbourne's squad will allow them to push for first team positions and provide a competitive squad environment. Despite some regulars set to fill positions in Round 1, Bellamy believes there are spots still available.
"For some positions they are probably under lock and key for some players," Bellamy said.
"Having said that, I haven't counted the positions that are up for grabs, there are certainly some there.
"Some of the young guys we know are going to go back and play U20s when the season starts.
"Its a good experience for them and hopefully they get something out of it and understand what its going to take to play NRL."