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Victorian Young Tonumaipea is bracing for a healthy, competitive rivalry as the race for a starting spot on Storm’s left wing heats up in the lead up to Round 1.

The position was made vacant by Marika Koroibete’s departure to rugby union and has created a big opportunity for several of Storm’s outside backs to break into Craig Bellamy’s starting line-up.

"With that spot I can't change anything – I will just work hard, even harder, and try to cement it," Tonumaipea told The Age.

"The competition is tough. Josh Addo-Carr has arrived here and he looks lightning quick, Justin Olam from Papua New Guinea is a strong boy and a strong runner then we have Curtis Scott who played last year – there are heaps of people in the mix.

"All I can do is worry about myself and do what I can do – Bellyache [coach Craig Bellamy] chooses the team so I need to do the best I can."

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