Once a Storm player, always a Storm player.
That mantra never rings more true than whenever the Old Boys come to town.
Melbourne welcomed its past players back to the Club last week as a part of Old Boys weekend.
The concept was started by Robbie Kearns and Peter Robinson 11 years ago after both men retired and has turned into one of the highlights on the Storm calendar.
Last weekend saw 26 former players come down to be a part of the Club’s clash against the Roosters.
A lunch was held on the Friday before the game, with several of Storm’s current players such as Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Blake Green and Kevin Proctor getting the chance to swap stories with those who came before them at the Club.
The Old Boys then played a big part on game day, forming a guard of honour for the players before kick-off and joining in the post-game celebrations by singing the team song in the sheds.
Former Storm captain Stephen Kearney was also on hand to present Jesse Bromwich with his playing jersey in his 150th game.
Melbourne’s inaugural coach Chris Anderson was a part of the weekend and praised the tradition the Club has established.
“I think it is great, I love it,” Anderson said.
“I don’t do it every year but coming back I really do enjoy catching up with the blokes again. We shared a fair bit and it’s a good club, it is enjoyable to come back and see where the blokes are now.
“I loved my time down here in Melbourne, I loved the city, I loved the fact that we set it up. It was one of the good times in life that we will never forget… with blokes like Kearnsy the Club is in good hands.”