Mr. Reliable reaches game 100
Is there a more consistent and versatile player in the NRL than Tohu Harris? It would be hard to think of anyone who could match him.
Harris has missed just one game for Melbourne since making his NRL debut in Round 1, 2013.
It is a remarkable testament to his durability given he has also juggled international duties since that rookie season, making 11 appearances for New Zealand to date.
Harris will play his 100th game this weekend when he runs out to face the Sharks in a minor premiership decider at AAMI Park.
His versatility is a luxury for coach Craig Bellamy, especially during a season where Storm has been forced to weather a significant injury toll.
Harris has been one of the few to play every game, always willing and able to answer the call when a hole needs to be filled.
This year alone the 24-year-old has played in the second row, centre, five-eighth and has even held down a position at lock in past seasons.
There is still plenty of upside left in his development and he has recorded a career best tally of seven tries so far this season.
One man who has been alongside Harris for much of the journey is Jesse Bromwich, who paid tribute to his Kiwi teammate ahead of the milestone.
“It has come around really quickly, I still remember when he played his first game over there in England for the World Club Challenge,” Bromwich said.
“For him to notch up 100 this quick just shows how resilient he is. He is an important part of our team and I love playing alongside him.
“He is very efficient out on the field, even on the training paddock. He plays the game very well and reads the game well, good footwork and he is someone we love having in our side… very reliable.”