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Here are all the key headlines of the week as we get ready to kick off the season this Monday night at AAMI Park:

Purple is in my blood: Bellamy

Storm fans have been given an early dose of good news on the eve of the season with master coach Craig Bellamy extending his career in Melbourne until at least the end of 2018.

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Storm boss turns green for HeartKids

Storm CEO Dave Donaghy swapped purple for green on Friday in support of HeartKids Super Boss Day.

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Marika’s special milestone

Monday night’s season opener will hold added significance for the player who has made a habit of keeping Storm fans on the edge of their seats.

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Harris embracing teammates’ challenge

We are just four sleeps away from season 2016 kicking off and for Tohu Harris this new season brings with it some exciting challenges.

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Smith excited ahead of Round 1

An excited Thunderbolts Coach Eric Smith speaks ahead of Sunday's Round 1 opener on the Sunshine Coast.

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Billy counts the sleeps to comeback

It has been 296 days since Billy Slater last played in a Melbourne Storm jersey so you can understand why the superstar fullback is counting down the days to his return.

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The Bromwich brothers on SEN 1116

Kenny and Jesse Bromwich joined SEN Afternoons with Andy Maher on Wednesday looking ahead to season 2016. 

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Smith wary of trial form

Trial match form will be well and truly out the window when Storm meet the Dragons at AAMI Park on Monday night to kick off season 2016.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.