By the Numbers: Our 2017 team
With eight new players having walked through the doors of AAMI Park in the off-season we thought it was a good time to look closely at our 33-man playing squad for 2017.
It will be a young Storm team that will enter next season, given the average age of the team is just 22 while the average number of games played is 59. Nine players are yet to make their NRL debut.
There is still a significant level of experience in the team though, with six players holding more than 100 games of NRL experience and a combined 173 games of finals experience between the entire team.
Skipper Cameron Smith sits atop that list, having played more games (335) than 23 of his teammates combined.
The Storm team of 2017 is a very diverse group, originating from four different countries; Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
Also 18 players have come through the Storm development program, predominantly through the Thunderbolts pathway.
New recruits Ryley Jacks and Tui Kamikamica have come to Melbourne from the Club’s feeder partnership with the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
So as we look to a new season, this Storm team in 2017 will be an exciting mix of experience and youth.
After falling just short of the ultimate prize last season, there is no doubt Craig Bellamy will have his boys working hard this summer to try and climb the mountain once again.