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Storm’s NYC Team will take another significant step on their Sunshine Coast journey when they take the field this weekend for their first trial match in 2016.

The Thunderbolts will take on the Gold Coast Titans at Langlands Park this Saturday at 2pm.

They will be hungry for a taste of competitive football after spending the summer committing to a high level of pre-season training.

“They’ve worked really hard and the coaching staff have done a magnificent job getting them ready for their first trial,” NYC Operations Manager Craig Ingebrigtsen said.

“We’re really happy with the progress of the group and how hard they’ve worked.

“We are really excited about the first trial from our end and to represent the Storm for the first time in a trial up in Queensland, it’s a great experience for the young men.”

Two players who have impressed during the pre-season are Lachlan Timm and Jacob Elmore.

As a reward both boys were able to join the first-grade squad at Geelong Grammar for two days during training camp.

Elmore and Timm are certainly considered ones to watch during the 2016 NYC season.

“He (Timm) has got a really big engine on him, he works hard and has the ability to break the line and bend the line as well. We are looking for big things from Lachie in the future as a Storm player,” Ingebrigtsen said.

“Jake is a real tradesman, he will make a lot of tackles and will move the ball for us. He is the sort of guy you want in your footy team and he is the sort of guy that players want to play with because of those traits he has.”

The NYC team will play a three way trial match at Sunshine Coast Stadium on February 13 against the Sunshine Coast Falcons and Easts Tigers.

The game will be a curtain raiser before Storm take on Wests Tigers.

The Thunderbolts will also play nine home games in the Sunshine Coast region

this season, giving locals plenty of chance to get a first-hand look at some of rugby league’s most exciting young talent.

“It is a great experience to come and watch U20’s footy. It’s fast, it has a lot of skill in it and the good thing is that you are going to see the Storm players of the future,” Ingebrigtsen said.

“Why wouldn’t you get out and enjoy the rugby league but also get to watch these young players of the future who are hopefully going to be NRL players in the Storm system down the track.”

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