Rose knows rivalry better than most
Having represented both Melbourne and Manly throughout his first-grade career, Storm fan favourite George Rose knows the rivalry better than most.
Speaking to the media prior to training on Wednesday afternoon, Rose shared his unique experience, feeling the rivalry from both sides of the park.
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"I know how much the Storm game means to Manly every year," Rose said.
"It's always earmarked on the calendar and always a game they get up for.
"I'm expecting a very tough game from them.
"It's something that brings out the best game for the season with both teams. I think it's going to be a cracker on Saturday night."
Due to a quirk in the NRL's fixture, Saturday night will be Rose's third clash of the season against his old side after Storm's Round 1 meeting and the 30-year old's appearance for feeder side Cronulla at Brookvale Oval in the NSW Cup.
"It's actually my seventh game for the season and the third time I'm going to be playing Manly," Rose said.
"It's been a very strange start to the season.
"The first game was obviously very strange, I've done it again since then at Brookvale in the reserve grade and this is just going to be another game against them.
"It's something I'm getting used to, playing them every second week."
Asked about his time in Melbourne since making the move from the Sea Eagles, Rose added he is enjoying his time in the Victorian capital.
It's great," the likeable forward said of his time living in Melbourne.
"I'm a little bit scared about this winter that's coming up, the temperature is starting to drop.
"I'm enjoying my footy so that makes everything worthwhile."