The term ‘role model’ is not something that sits comfortable with every sportsperson but it is a description that describes the 2016 playing group at Melbourne Storm to a tee.
While the rugby league world reflects on yet another season past, the players who represented the purple jersey can hold their heads high for what they have done.
Not just for 80 minutes on the weekend but how every single one of them represented their Club and the game of rugby league throughout the entire year.
The Storm playing group continued to put into practice (on and off the field) what has become a core value of the Club; Respect. Not just towards their teammates, but especially to their fans, city and the great game of rugby league.
The NRL could not ask for better people to represent their game in what is AFL heartland.
“No one is going to make me less proud of my boys and what they’ve done this year,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy said following the Grand Final on Sunday night.
“They’ve been magnificent tonight, they’ve been magnificent for our Club and they’ve been magnificent for our game.”
“Sometimes they don’t get the wraps that they deserve. Not just about how they play but how they conduct themselves on and off the field and how they build a game in a foreign land.”
While now is the time to rest up and regroup, there is no doubt the men in purple will once again aim to represent our Club in the best possible way in 2017.