This NRL season is one Joe Stimson is hoping to make the most of.
The hard-nosed second rower enjoyed a brilliant season with the Sunshine Coast Falcons in 2016 that culminated in him being named Storm’s inaugural Feeder Player of the Year.
Now the 21-year-old is hungry for a taste of first grade football and has used this pre-season to try and stake his claim.
“I’m feeling good, this is probably the fittest I’ve been,” Stimson said.
“I’m just doing my job, doing all the little things rights. We’ve all got our trademarks for each position and if you are doing them well you are putting your best foot forward to be in the team.”
Asked who he has been learning off over summer, the promising youngster signaled out the two men with whom he could vying for a starting spot alongside.
“Mainly Kenny Bromwich and Tohu Harris, the other guys in my position,” Stimson said.
“They have had a really good pre-season and if I can learn a bit off them it will hold me in good stead.”
The competitive football is just over a week away with the Auckland Nines taking place from February 4-5 before Storm play two trial matches on the Sunshine Coast (Feb 11) and Hobart (Feb 14).