Melbourne Storm U20

The Thunderbolts are relishing their new home on the Sunshine Coast but on Saturday they will be greeted with a warm homecoming.

For the first time this year Storm fans will get the chance to see the Under-20s side in action at AAMI Park, as they get set to play the curtain raiser against Newcastle.

Gates will open 15 minutes prior to the 12.45pm kickoff with kids under 15 given free entry for the day.

Be at AAMI Park when Storm host the Knights on Saturday 2 April from 3pm.

The Thunderbolts will get the chance to train out at Gosch’s Paddock on Friday and according to the coach, the young squad is counting down the days.

“Even though we are based on the coast we still wear the same emblem on our jumper,” Eric Smith said.

“We are still part of the Club and the Club makes that very clear. It really is a change of scenery to come to Melbourne and getting to play on AAMI Park.

“We are really excited about getting the chance to come down and play a game at AAMI Park and getting to hang around watch the NRL game afterwards.

“It will be great to get in and rub shoulders with the NRL players and staff and get to spend a lot more time with them.”

Storm’s NRL side continues to maintain a strong affiliation with the Thunderbolts.

Adam O’Brien spoke to the Under-20s side before Monday night’s game against Cronulla and Craig Bellamy will do the same on Friday once the team touches down in Melbourne.

The Storm pathway may extend over a greater distance this season but the Club connection remains as strong as ever.

Get down and support the Thunderbolts on Saturday!