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Tactics or fitness? That is the balance every side looks for at this stage of a campaign.

For Storm it is a matter of finding a mix of both heading into the Christmas break.

The Club’s new recruits and younger plays have been in training for more than six weeks in preparation for the 2017 NRL season.

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Every week has seen more players return to the Club to resume pre-season and the coaching staff has been managing their workloads on and off the field.

“The first part is running some conditioning into them but you also want to get the football in their hands as well,” Storm assistant coach Adam O’Brien said.

“We’ve haven’t got any real game-specific stuff until the next block until after Christmas, that is when we’ll sit down as a group and identify those areas that we want to focus on.

“We are really trying to up-skill the guys on standards that we expect, a lot of our training is based on the standards that we want to uphold in games for next season.”

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